By Confidente Reporter
OHANGWENA Regional Governor, Usko Nghaamwa, has revealed that 43 173 children in the region are receiving social grants, but that many others were being denied this opportunity, because they do not have national documents.
Speaking during his State of the Region Address last Friday, Nghaamwa also said that the total number of schools in the region has increased from 253 to 262, with Veikko Nekundi Primary being among the new schools in Ohangwena.
A total of 100 042 learners are enrolled in the region.
Nghaamwa said that the challenges faced by the education sector in the region are caused by a reduction in the development budget allocation of N$21 million, resulting in the suspension of some capital projects.
He also emphasised the high dropout rate of learners and the high repetitions being experienced in grades 1, 5 and 8.
The governor added that the Eenhana Vocational Training College has constructed classes, a bulk storage unit and an administration block, to the tune of N$22.7 million.
On the issue of land, he said the Ministry of Land Reform had registered 7 000 customary land rights, 60 leasehold land rights and 200 occupational rights.
Out of 581 resettlement applications, six were approved.
Nghaamwa added that the region will seek to complete the 71km Etomba-Omundaungilo gravel road as a matter of urgency.
In an effort to curb crime, a police dog kennel is also under construction in the region.
Efforts to construct police stations at Ongha, Ondobe and Endola are already underway.
An amount of N$3.5million has been set aside to construct seven veterans’ houses in the region, Nghaamwa said.
He added that 51 livestock were auctioned by the regional council, which netted N$265 300, while 36 drip irrigation projects were supported by the SCORE project.
About 43 723 farmers had recorded a bumper harvest of 400kg per hectare of mahangu.
Despite the shortage of health personnel in Ohangwena, the Ministry of Health and Social Services had recorded a TB treatment success rate of 81 percent in the region.
It had also successfully contained 3 078 malaria cases reported in the region during the previous financial year.
Nghaamwa said that eight pre-fabricated community-based anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment clinics had been constructed in the Oshikunde and Okongo constituencies.
The ARV clinics are in addition to four clinics constructed during the previous financial year, and to the plans to build three other clinics in the Ondobe, Omundaungilo and Oshikunde constituencies.
The governor said that region is facing challenges of poverty, a lack of basic services, youth unemployment, crime and diseases, amongst others.
He appealed to residents and stakeholders to remain united, so they can tackle the social challenges together.
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