Transparency should be reinforced at all levels: Pohamba

11 Feb 2014 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba says it is important that transparency and accountability are reinforced at all levels of governance at all times.
Speaking during the opening of the Ninth Session of the Fifth Parliament on Tuesday, Pohamba said reinforcement of transparency and accountability is the only way Government can maintain strong and accountable public institutions with the requisite capacity to carry out their mandates.
The theme of the Ninth Session of the Fifth Parliament is ‘Promoting Oversight Effectiveness towards Ensuring Transparent National Budgeting Administration’.
The Head of State said this is the right time for such a theme as Namibia continues to seek better ways and means to manage public resources more efficiently.
He added that it is also the right time for such a theme as the country continues to seek better ways and means to bring about positive and tangible improvements in the lives of the citizens through targeted policy interventions.
Pohamba also stated that one of the most important tools in the implementation and realisation of Government programmes is the budget.
“It is vital that we have adequate mechanisms to ensure transparent and accountable administration and utilisation of public resources that are allocated to various public institutions through the Appropriation Bill, every financial year,” he said.
He noted that it is also important that resources allocated are utilised for the intended purposes to prevent wastage and misappropriation of public resources.
(NAMPA)
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