13 Jun 2013 11:50
OSHAKATI, 13 JUN (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration will construct a multi-million dollar office here within the next 12 months.
Home Affairs and Immigration Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Patrick Nandago said this during the groundbreaking event at Oshakati on Thursday.
The ministry never had a permanent office in the Oshana Region since independence.
?We started operating from the regional council offices and then moved to the current premises, which was used by the police before,? Nandago said.
The current Home Affairs and Immigration office at Oshakati has no adequate shelter for clients during the rainy seasons and hot summers.
There are also no chairs and/or benches for clients to use at the current office, and according to Nandago, the office lacks enough space for the ministry?s staff, documents and equipment.
Therefore, the former Namibian diplomat said his ministry has identified the site for the new office, which is situated near the offices of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) in Oshakati West.
An old building on the site was occupied by the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) of Namibia before.
Vice-president of the DTA, Philemon Moongo, told Nampa on Thursday afternoon his party surrendered the building after the government paid N.dollars 1.3 million for the building.
?The DTA bought that building from the government before independence, but the whole plot was not ours. Therefore, we decided to surrender it to pave way for the construction of the Home Affairs? office,? Moongo told Nampa in a telephonic interview.
Home Affairs and Immigration Deputy Minister Elia Kaiyamo, accompanied by the Oshana regional governor Clemens Kashuupulwa, performed the groundbreaking ceremony in the presence of Oshakati mayor Onesmus Shilunga and a number of Home Affairs? officials.