Kavango West 99.99% rural

30 May 2018 | Local News

Kavango West governor Sirkka Ausiku says her region, which was created about five years ago, is still predominantly rural and undeveloped.

Ausiku made the remark during her State of the Region Address (SORA) this month.

Ausiku said the region's poverty level and unemployment rate were high.

“The developmental state of our region still remains the same since its creation on 8 August 2013, like being highly rural (99.99%), a high level of poverty, a high level of unemployment,” she said. According to the Labour Force Survey of 2016, the unemployment rate of the then Kavango Region stood at 36.4%. Among the youth it was even higher, at 52.6%.

Ausiku said the region lacked roads, adequate water infrastructure, rural electrification infrastructure and telecommunication networks.

She also spoke about the high number of teenage pregnancies and school dropouts in the region, which she said was a growing concern.

Ausiku said the regional leadership last year compiled a document highlighting the needs that they thought were priorities to be addressed by the central government.

They submitted the document to the prime minister's office in May 2017, requesting that government offices, ministries and agencies align the current Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) of Kavango West with the said document.

Ausiku said the response was disappointing, as most of them did not consider the priority projects listed in the document.

These priorities were the construction of a regional government office park, a district hospital, a secondary school with a hostel at Nkurenkuru, and the strategic feeder road D3446.

“Although the region is faced with many challenges, they are not insurmountable. As I stated last year, I am once again appealing to the inhabitants of Kavango West Region to remain patient and persistent to enable us to achieve our desired goal of developing this region towards prosperity,” Ausiku said.

During the 2017/18 financial year, the central government allocated about N$157 million to the Kavango West Region.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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