11 July 2018

Namibia: Governor Urges Civil Servants to Focus On Service Delivery

Public servants in the Hardap region have been urged to put aside political and personal vendettas for the sake of service delivery.

Hardap governor Esme Isaack made the call during her state of the region address yesterday at Mariental.

"We must at all times and in all respects avoid political and/or personal vendettas which negatively affect development and service delivery in our region and country at large," she said.

She also warned some government departments to refrain from operating in isolation and disobeying directives, saying "we must integrate as one regional force to be reckoned with when it comes to development and effective service delivery".

The governor directed that all labour cases involving local authorities' suspended chief executive officers be finalised within the current financial year, and that vacancies at management levels be filled, as vacancies in such jobs negatively impacted on service delivery.

She highlighted the slow pace of capital projects' implementation, dilapidated schools infrastructure, inadequate revenue collection for municipal services, migration of farm workers to urban areas, and the inability of local authorities to honour their bulk services debt obligations, as some of the challenges facing the region.

Isaack revealed that the government had allocated N$255 million for infrastructural development in the region for the 2018/19 financial year.

Funds were also allocated for the construction of bulk services at Gibeon (N$7 million), Gochas (N$4 million), Mariental (N$15 million), Rehoboth (N$8 million), Hoachanas (N$5 million), Aranos (N$4 million), Schlip (N$5 million), Klein Aub (N$5 million), Stampriet (N$4 million), Kalkrand (N$5 million), and Maltahohe (N$4 million).

Budget allocations were also made to government departments, including education (N$18 million), Office of the President (N$500 000), safety and security (N$4 million), gender equality and child welfare (N$300 000), health (N$16 million), labour (N$470 000), mines and energy (N$2,4 million), justice (N$200 000), transport (N$ 65 million) and land reform (N$ 28 million).

No budget allocation has been made for information and communication technology, veterans affairs, and sports, youth and national service for the current fiscal year, Isaack added.

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