By Hileni Nembwaya
DELAY in getting information from the central government is said to be one of the reasons why the regional Governor of Ohangwena, Usko Nghaamwa has delayed his state of the region address (SORA) to regional councillors.
Nghaamwa is believed to be the only Governor, out of the 13, who has not yet delivered his SORA as stipulated in the Namibian Constitution Third Amendment Bill of 2014. In his address the Governor is expected to address the regional council on the state of the region, planned activities of the central Government in the region, report on the activities of the previous year and be available to respond to questions.
“I could not conduct the SORA because there were some things which were complicated and information lacking from the central government. Many of the Government stakeholders did not provide the information right on time thus the delay on the matter,” Nghaamwa blamed the Government.
He further continued to say that information on the statistics of the tenders awarded in the region, number of capital projects and costs involved was some of the delayed information from the central Government. Ohangwena region is one of the densely populated regions in the country with more than 200 000 inhabitants.
The region is also faced with numerous challenges such as the shortage of water, high unemployment rate and poor communication amongst other factors.
Maria Shikongo, a resident of Helao Nafidi town fumed at Nghaamwa for constantly delaying the SORA saying that the inhabitants are tired of waiting.
“We the inhabitants of Ohangwena region are tired of waiting for the SORA. Why is he (Nghaamwa) constantly delaying the SORA, when he is compelled to do so as per the law? He must give us substantial reasons as to why he is delaying it,” said Shikongo.
However Nghaamwa acknowledged that he was supposed to deliver the SORA immediately after the President has delivered the state of the nation address in May, however he could not do so due to insufficient information.
“The central government should improve its services. We cannot continue to work closely with the inhabitants when the relevant information on many matters is delayed,” he said.
He however said if all goes accordingly, he would deliver his SORA on August 24 at Eenhana.
Many of the region’s inhabitants are expecting Nghaamwa to address the region on issues such as the recently discovered underground water aquifer, housing shortage, capital projects, education, unemployment and health to mention but a few.
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