… Says N$4m promised to Olufuko still outstanding
By Hileni Nembwaya
FOUNDING President, Sam Nujoma has lashed out at businesses, who have failed to honour the pledges they made towards the hosting of the Olufuko Cultural Festival, over the years.
Nujoma, who was speaking at the event’s gala dinner this week, warned that the business community to stop using their pledges “as a bargaining chip”, in order to accumulate favours, which causes unnecessary stress, as the Outapi Town Council continues to battle, after being promised money.
This situation is said to have affected the council’s operational budget for the festival, with more than N$4 million in pledges outstanding, which were promised over the years.
“Let me also make it categorically clear that we must honour our pledges and contribute sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts, and not just pledge as a bargaining chip. I would like to urge you to forge unity of purpose, as you strive to meaningfully contribute to the socio-economic development of our country,” Nujoma said.
“Kindly take note that a business can only be successful, when one works with other fellow business colleagues and learn from them.”
He therefore encouraged the business community to continue supporting the cultural festival, by providing the necessary funds and materials needed to make the Olufuko Festival a great success.
Nujoma also used the platform to emphasise the importance of parents teaching their children to show respect to their elders.
He said that this can only be achieved, if parents maintain their cultures and traditions, and teach their children cultural behaviours and norms.
“I am aware that there is still much to be done, in order to achieve our set goals, such as educating our people to appreciate and respect our rich cultural norms and values. “The construction of the Olufuko Centre is a step in the right direction, so that our people can embark upon applied research, in order to enrich our proud history and traditions,” Nujoma said.
An amount of more than N$800 000 was raised in pledges during this year’s gala dinner event.
The cultural festival is scheduled to take place from 25 August to 5 September.
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