Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya on Wednesday launched the Nationhood and National Pride (NNP) Regional Forum in Rundu. The gathering brought together five regions: Kavango East and West, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and Zambezi, to pioneer the first NNP regional forums.
The NNP campaign is a government-initiated programme aimed at reinforcing a sense of belonging, patriotism and national pride among Namibian citizens. It was first officially launched in 2011 by former president Hifikepunye Pohamba.
“Five years ago on this specific day, the government of the Republic of Namibia under the auspices of our former president Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba launched the Nationhood and National Pride programme, ‘My Namibia, my country, my pride’, as a platform to be used by Namibians to sustain citizenship,” Tweya stated.
He said with NNP Namibians will motivate one another to uphold the collective consciousness of our duty as citizens and our commitment and obligation towards the future of Namibia and her citizens.
“Today as we mark the fifth anniversary of this national initiative, I’m excited and proud to be part of this gathering that has brought together five regions, namely, Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and Zambezi, in a cluster format to pioneer the first-ever official launch of Nationhood and National Pride regional forums,” the information minister said.
In terms of the approved NNP programme’s strategic plan, as approved by Cabinet, NNP regional forums are platforms created by the government through the Ministry Information and Communication Technology to coordinate and implement NNP initiatives at regional level, to develop action plans, as well as annual work plans, to promote the aims and objectives of the NNP.
The regional platforms are also to also advise the national steering committee on issues related to the implementation process and strategy to ensure that Namibia remains a caring society and its citizens are forward-looking, patriotic and hardworking.
“In other words the NNP regional forums are to serve as a conduit of regional and national debates by citizens on all issues affecting our society, such as crime, alcohol and drug abuse, gender-based violence, tribalism, nepotism, corruption and other social ills that have the potential to destroy and derail our hard won independence, as well as to ensure the peace and stability that we all enjoy,” he noted.
The official programme was preceded by a march, led by the brass band of the Namibian correctional services that proceeded to the sports field of Dr Romanus Kampungu Secondary School.
After the launch the NNP regional forum, Tweya met with the representatives of the five regions present, including the governors of Kavango East and West, as well as the Zambezi Region. The governors of Ohangwena and Otjozondjupa regions were not present, but were represented.