WINDHOEK, 25 MAY – President Hage Geingob yesterdsy said the National Clean-Up campaign would herald the beginning of a new chapter for the cities, towns and villages, as the campaign would cultivate the ethos of keeping those communities spic-and-span.
Speaking in the Samora Machel Constituency during the inaugural National Clean-Up Day, the President said that across the country, Namibians had joined the effort in the interest of keeping Namibia clean, free of dirt and fostering the habit of achieving and maintaining that state.
He added: “Without doubt, the National Clean-Up campaign is the beginning of a new chapter for our cities, towns and villages. We are cultivating the ethos of keeping our capital city, towns, villages and homes clean. Let us seize this opportunity to make a positive impact and take significant steps forward in keeping Namibia healthy and clean.”
Geingob urged the nation to show pride and purpose by cleaning not just for the sake of it, but in order to usher in a trend-setting movement that would ensure that Namibians in the present and future would enjoy living in a healthy and welcoming environment.
“It is incumbent on each and every Namibian to subscribe to the mantra of ‘My waste, my responsibility.’ Cleaning is a good practice but if we cultivate a culture in which we don’t litter, vandalize our infrastructure and dump waste, then we will make significant progress towards becoming the cleanest country on our continent and even the world. Why not?” he questioned.
President Geingob maintained that it was a patriotic duty and civic responsiblity to keep the environment clean.
“It is the duty of each and every Namibian to ensure that his/her surroundings are hygienic.
It is our social responsibility to ensure that our environment is preserved and that living conditions are sustained for years and decades to come. We have the responsibility to pass on a wellpreserved and clean country to future generations. When we talk of giving back to the society, it begins by delivering a clean environment. When we clean up Namibia, we will not only be increasing the country’s aesthetic appeal and minimizing the risk of disease, but we will also demonstrate to the outside world, the immense love and pride we hold for our beloved motherland.