Agriculture Sector Needs More Funds – Majaga

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nata-Gweta MP, Mr Polson Majaga, has called for diversification of economy to reduce dependency on mineral resources.

Responding to the State-of-Nation Address in Parliament, he said agriculture had the potential to grow the wealth of the country, and thereby calling for a higher allocation of the national budget to agriculture. Mr Majaga said cooperatives were also capable of diversifying the economy and that they should be resuscitated fully.

He also called for establishment of 24-hour clinics in rural areas and provision of ambulances, adding that in Gweta there was shortage of basic necessities such as blankets in health facilities.

Mr Majaga called government to consider establishment of schools inspectorate to see as to whether education was in the right direction as large sums of money was spent to educate students.

He said these inspectors will also look at whether schools were equipped with the right learning materials and issues of ratio per studentteacher that hampers good results, if the government desires good results.

He further called government to consider the restoration of the FrancistownNata road which he said dates as far back as 1974. Mogoditshane MP, Mr Sedirwa Kgoroba called on government to treat unemployment as a national crisis.

He said he did not agree to the 17 per cent unemployment rate mentioned in the President’s speech, unless the programmes such as Internship, Tirelo Setshaba and Ipelegeng were incorporated as part of employment.

He said jobs could not be created by government, but should be created by the private sector. He further criticised government for lack of consultation, noting that this tendency had led to projects of multi-million pula failing.

He noted that the money generated from alcohol levy mentioned in the speech was not elaborative as to whether there were any achievements in fighting alcohol consumption, apart from mentioning the P1.1billion generated. “There is no initiative to reduce neither alcohol consumption nor rehabilitation,” he said.

He further condemned government for what he termed thriving on telling the nation only the successes and intentions, and was not result orientated.

Jwaneng -Mabutsane MP, Mr Shawn Ntlhaile decried that the country’s wealth that was generated by the mining town of Jwaneng was not benefiting the town’s residents. He said the residents of the town were the hardest hit by poverty, despite the gains made by the country at Jwaneng.

He said workers had been neglected for a very long time, regardless of economic situations they find themselves in, such as inflation and high cost of living. Mr Ntlhaile called government to address workers grievances as an urgent matter because they contribute to the generation of the country’s wealth.

On other issues, he called for the establishment of electoral tribunal to arbitrate on election issues. He also said he was against the system of specially electing MPs and councillors as the money used on them should be used on employment creation.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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