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NAMIBIA - The name is too long, President Hifikepunye Pohamba joked yesterday, on the decision to rename Unam's Henties Bay Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre after his predecessor, Sam Nujoma.

But, he added, he supported the decision. The President was speaking at the official inauguration of the Centre at Henties Bay.

He said the Centre illustrated Unam's dedication to social and economic development in Namibia.

"I firmly believe that the best solutions for the developmental challenges that we face should be home-grown.

Our country is endowed with a wide variety of natural resources, but due to the limited availability of scientific expertise and qualified personnel, the benefits of these resources remain hidden."

To fully exploit Namibia's resources for the benefit of the people, a critical mass of scientists and professionals should be trained.

President Pohamba also said more money should be invested in aquaculture initiatives such as farming with abalone and seaweed, which could significantly increase income for the country if exported to countries like Japan.

The founding President of Namibia and Chancellor of Unam, Sam Nujoma, said scientists from developing countries were being lured away to work in industrialised countries.

Source: AllAfrica