Governor helps out with storm damage

27 February 2019 | Education

The governor of the Ohangwena Region, Usko Nghaamwa, has come to the aid of the Ndilula Naikaku Primary School by paying for roof repairs after a storm.

Nghaamwa paid about N$17 000 from his own pocket to repair the roofs of two classrooms so that teaching could continue.

The education director for Ohangwena, Isak Hamatwi, told Ewi lyaNooli that the roofs were damaged by a storm on 3 February. Because of bureaucratic red tape the damage could not be repaired immediately and teaching was disrupted because learners had to share classrooms.

After Nghaamwa visited the school he decided to offer a quick solution by paying for temporary repairs.

“We are very grateful for the governor's generosity because he reacted quickly to the situation after he visited the school. As a directorate we were still thinking what to do and we had to go through bureaucratic procedures while the children were suffering,” Hamatwi said.

“The governor offered a temporary solution to have the roof repaired and restore the situation at school. Classes have now been renovated and teaching has gone back to normal and we are happy.”

Nghaamwa said this was not the first time he had assisted a school. He said he had built classrooms, hostels and school offices at his own expense.

“I have assisted many schools in the Ohangwena Region and other regions as well. At some schools I found learners being taught under trees, but now they have classrooms. There were schools I found without offices, but now they do have after I assisted them,” Nghaamwa said.

“What made me assist at Ndilula Naikaku was that the school and the directorate had no immediate plan to help the learners. I decided to use my own money and now the situation is back to normal.”

Nghaamwa said Namibians should invest their money in improving education because the government alone could not do it.

He said when people lend a helping hand they should not think only about the children in their local communities, but of all Namibian children.

“If we fail to assist these children, in future they will blame us that we did not do anything to assist them so they could contribute to national development,” he said.

ILENI NANDJATO

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