The collection was handed to Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, by Dr Zed Ngavirue, the former Chairman of NEPRU that was established in 1990 as a body of knowledge through its economic research and publications on Namibia’s socio-economic development.
Receiving the collection, Prof Tjivikua said the donation was an important event because it concerned the development of a library. He said it is also important because towering and eminent figures in the Namibian history – in their professional capacity – are making a contribution to education. “Any contribution to an academic library impacts the university community and the general public immensely, because it is an open forum to society and offers many opportunities to its various users,” Tjivikua said.
The Rector said it was unfortunate that NEPRU had to close its doors but that its collection could not have been left forever in storage, deteriorating over time and not made available to the people of Namibia. “Now, more than ever, in this competitive knowledge-driven world, the country needs more knowledge in boosting her economic growth. NEPRU’s research reports teach us of efforts that have succeeded or failed in the past and what can be pursued with probable success in our development efforts,” Tjivikua said.
He thanked Dr Ngavirue for the initiative and the NEPRU Board of eminent citizens for donating the valuable collection to the Poly.
“I am sure they know that the collection will be well cared for here because it would be given a proper place in the national knowledge architecture,” the Rector said.
Dr Ben Amadhila, a former Trustee of NEPRU, said he felt liberated and relieved that the fate of the collection had come to a positive ending through donating it to the Poly. He said NEPRU was established because of the fear that South Africa may destroy everything before Independence. “Our biggest concern was what would happen if all this information disappeared before a new government came to power. It was because of these real challenges that we decided to set up a research institute as a back-up system,” he explained.
He said he hoped those who will use the collection will appreciate the background of where it came from. “The Poly is getting something with a very rich history. We would like you to share the dark days when NEPRU was created and I hope you will continue to do the work we started and make it shine in the future,” Dr Amadhila said.