The 25th of May also known as Africa day was officially inaugurated as the national cleanup campaign day led by H.E Dr Hage G. Geingob, the President of the Republic of Namibia. The president was accompanied by the First lady, officials from the office of the president and cabinet ministers. Residentsfrom the Samora Machel Constituency in a settlement in Katatura, private companies, financial institutions and the United Nations Namibia gather at the Goreangab soccer field from 7h00, with their cleaning equipment ready to heed the President’s call.
Speaking at the event, Dr Hage G. Geingob said, “let us seize this opportunity to make a positive impact and take significant steps forward in keeping Namibia Healthy and Clean”. He emphasizedthe importance of keeping the Namibian house clean and urged every Namibian to keep and internalize the mantra “My Waste, My Responsibility”. The president further emphasized the importance of carrying out the significant task of cleaning the country on Africa day. He went on to say, “an unhealthy Africa is unproductive and will not live up to the commitments of the Africa we want as espoused in Agenda 2063”.
The keynote address by the president was followed by a briefing on safety and recycling measures by the City of Windhoek. The Goreangab informal settlement was one of the hard hit settlements by the outbreak of the Hepatitis E late last year, together with the communities of Havana, Ombili, Greenwell Matongo and Hakahana. Henceforth the City of Windhoek saw it imperative to provide safety information for all the people that were taking part in the national clean-up campaign in the Goreangab, informal settlement.
The United Nations as a development partner recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability and the cleaning campaign is in line with the forth-coming world environment day on the 5th of June 2018, under the theme “Beating Plastic pollution”. Supporting the national cleanup campaign was imperative as a precursor to world environment day on the 5th of June. The United Nations country team was led by the acting Resident Coordinator and UNESCO Representative Dr. Jean-Pierre Ilboudo together with other heads of agencies from the various UN agencies.
The United Nations as the “development partner of choice” is steadfast in its commitment in supporting the government of Namibia in its initiative to provide clean sanitation and a sustainable living environment for its people. The national clean-up campaign is in line with the sixth sustainable development goal that emphasizes clean water and sanitation.
Protective masks and sanitary latex gloves were provided by private companies such as First National Bank (FNB) and Coca Cola, Refuse bags was provided by the City of Windhoek and Rent-a-Drum. Hand sanitizer was handed out by the Governor’s office of the Khomas Region. UN Namibia Staff turned out in large numbers to provide support and demonstrate the importance of taking action on the ground.