First permanent structure for school at Otjomur
In 2008, the Office of the Prime Minister resettled over 300 Ovatue and Ovatjimba communities at Otjomuru, Otjikojo and Ohaiuua villages and temporary corrugated zinc houses, schools and emergency clinics were constructed at each village, with a foresight of replacing them with permanent structures as and when resources permit.
Hence, the Hon. Prime Minister Nahas Angula officiated at a corner stone laying ceremony to mark the official commencement of the construction of a permanent three classroom block and a store room at Otjomuru in the Epupa constituency, Kunene region early in December.
Twenty young people from the Ovatue and Ovatjimba communities in Kunene region have been recruited on equal share basis to partake in the construction process. They have received on-the-job training and actively participated in the brick-making project on site until the end of December.
They will resume next week and work to the end of the project. The target is to make 50,000 bricks before construction commences. So far, over 17,000 bricks have been produced on site.
An additional administration block and teachers’ houses are envisaged to be added when financial resources permit before replicating the same concept to other settlements.
Officiating at the event, the Prime Minister emphasised the importance of education towards nation building and urged communities to guard their properties jealously.
The corner stone laying ceremony was attended by amongst others Hon. Angelika Muharukua, Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Hon. Petrus Iilonga, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Agriculture, Hon. Uahekua Herunga, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, the Governor of Kunene region, Hon. Josua //Hoebeb and his Special Advisor, Mr. Kenatjironga Muharukua, Epupa Constituency councillor, Hon. Nguzu Muharukua as well as traditional chiefs and headmen in the constituency.
The event was preceded by a tree planting exercise of 300 fruit trees and handing over of 20 draught animals (donkeys) and five farming implements by the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Marco Hausiku to marginalised communities at Okeeholongo and Okatseidhi in the Omusati region and at Otjikojo, Ohaiuua, Otjijandjasemo and Otjomuru in the Kunene region.