WINDHOEK, 11 APR – Newly appointed Minister of Presidential Affairs, Martin Andjaba urged Namibians to adopt an attitude of doing more with the little financial resources at the country’s disposal, due to the global economic crisis affecting Namibia.
He made the appeal during his presentation of the 2018/2019 National Budget allocation of the Office of the President in Parliament on Monday.
Andjaba explained to the Members of Parliament that the government is aiming at reducing expenditure as well as using the resources in areas that will grow the economy.
Compared to the 2017/18 budget allocation, Andjaba said there is a decrease of N.dollars 197 million and this was done as per the cost cutting measures introduced by Government.
He agreed the decisions made to reduce expenses, are the challenges the country can overcome by achieving the goals within the allocated budget.
“I am heartened, as we all should be, by the fact that our Government, under the leadership of His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob has not shied away from taking the necessary tough decisions in the interest of the country.”
Andjaba further highlighted that unemployment is another big challenge the country is facing and that Government is doing its best in trying to create jobs to address youth unemployment.
He encouraged the nation to work with determination and commitment to achieve the country’s stated goals, notwithstanding the economic headwinds.
“When we rally together, we shall weather the storm,” he said.
The Office of the President got N.dollars 80 million for 2018/19, while the Vice-President’s Office received N.dollars 9 million for operational purposes.
The operational purposes include activities like promoting trade, investment and economic development, and the hosting of State and official visits in order to strengthen relations with the international community.