Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holding (NPTH), which is the Holding Company for Namibia Post Limited, Telecom Namibia Limited and Mobile Telecommunication Ltd today, handed over N$60 million to government for drought relief.
President, Hage Geingob declared drought an emergency, a phenomena the country has been experiencing for the past three years and that has caused farmers to destock.
Speaking at the handing over, chairperson of the NPTH board Lena Kangandjela stated that Namibia sought a comprehensive intervention and voluntary donations from corporate entities, private sectors and the Namibian public at large towards the implementation of the Drought Relief Programme.
Kangandjela stated that the specific aim of the programme is to assist the affected Namibian communities, especially those in the drought prone areas with either food assistance or any other support to maintain/protect their livelihoods despite the ongoing drought.
She added that from the onset, it is notable to mention that the Government’s objectives towards the Drought relief initiative are, to save the human life and protect nutritional status of the affected communities; to protect the livelihoods of the affected population; and to promote food security resilience of the affected
Kangandjela said that the N$60 million handed over will assist in the effective implementation of the Drought Relief Programme, in order for the Government to achieve its intended objectives.
In addition, the funds will be channeled towards the National Disaster fund under the custody of the Office of the Prime Minister. Further, the donation forms part of NPTH’s social responsibility during these drought-stricken times.
“NPTH is further encouraging other corporate entities and private sectors as well as the Namibian nation to meet the Government halfway in its efforts to ensure that the livelihoods of the affected communities is maintained and to heed to the call of his Excellency President. This donation aims to strengthen the Namibian Government by restoring the faith and trust that the Namibian people have in their Government to provide during the hard times,” Kangandjela concluded.