ICT ministry to help public with social media use

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Helvy Shaanika

Otuwala

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, says the public will receive counselling on filtering good information from social media.

While addressing the community of Okatana Constituency at a belated independence celebration at Otuwala village near Oshakati on Saturday, Tweya said information that comes with the use of information communication technology is vast and parts of it may be damaging, more especially to the youth. It is for that reason that the public will get counselling on using media, to enable them to filter information from mainstream media as well as social media.

“Some people are frustrated with their own lives and make use of social media to create anarchy and confusion, and to disturb peace and stability.

“This is the reason why there will be counselling to help you choose what is right for you.”

“Our youth need to stay focused. When you have access to information, not all information that you get is healthy for the minds of our people,” said Tweya. Tweya promised the councillor of Okatana Constituency, Rosalia Shilenga, and the community that Okatana is among many areas in the country that will soon have access to a telecommunication network, as this forms part of the government’s commitment to ensure that every Namibian has access to information.

Shilenga related the lack of a mobile network in the constituency, which shares borders with Oshakati that is the main town in Oshana Region. Despite the close proximity to town, Shilenga said, the community continues to struggle to access a mobile network, 27 years after independence.

Tweya promised Shilenga that network problems in their area would soon be a thing of the past.

“From the year 2015 when I was given the responsibility of the ICT ministry, I toured the country and Okatana was among the rural communities that were listed as left out. But Okatana will soon say thank you. This is not a political statement.”

“The president of this country gave us a mandate to deliver. He said no one should feel left out. Okatana will not feel left out because this is the marching order from His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob,” said Tweya.

Tweya maintained that he has come up with a solution for network and radio frequency problems, which is ready for implementation. According to him, the pilot programme started last year in the areas of Rehoboth and Kalkrand where schools and clinics have no access to internet and radio.

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