The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Chief Samuel Ankama has advised the Oshakati Town Council to work with and assist companies contributing to the socio-economic development of the town.
Ankama was stunned that big companies operating at the town were non-existent at the fifth Totem Expo gala dinner held at the town last Saturday to raise funds for hosting the expo.
“There are a lot of companies in the town, but when the town is raising funds towards the socio-economic development of the town, they do not contribute,” said Ankama sternly.
This year’s Totem Expo gala dinner only raised N$510 000 compared to the N$1.3 million that was generated last year.
Erastus Shapumba of Chicco Building Supplies and David Sheehama of Kwamba Trading jointly contributed N$110 000 towards the event, making the duo the main sponsors of the event.
The joint contribution was followed by Fysal who singlehandedly contributed N$100 000 and First National Bank with a contribution of N$30 000.
The event is scheduled to run from May 27 to June 4 and will be celebrated under the theme “Strengthening ties through culture.”
Governor of Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa appealed to the Oshakati Town Council to continue involving the public and potential business people in the planning and expansion of the town.
“This is our town; let us not expect its development to be shaped up by foreign investors only. We must involve ourselves to take our town towards a bright future,” stated Kashuupulwa.
Kashuupulwa said the Totem Expo has over the years created jobs among unemployed youth and women and has also fostered growth in the region’s development and infrastructure as a whole.
The mayor of Oshakati, Katrina Shimbulu, assured sponsors that the money collected towards hosting the expo would be fully utilised to host a successful expo.