19 Mar 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 MAR(NAMPA)- The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration will soon start with the construction of a new state-of-the-art headquarters in the capital.
The multi-million-dollars headquarters will be constructed at Erf 6971, opposite the Head Office of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) in Windhoek North.
The Ministry of Works and Transport purchased the above-mentioned Erf on behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.
The cost of the Erf is yet to be announced.
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has been accommodated at the former Continental & Casino Hotel building at the heart of Windhoek's Central Business District (CBD) for the past 25 years since the country's independence.
The new headquarters will be constructed by the China Civil Engineering Corporation in a joint venture with Oshilongo Investment and Construction Company.
The construction of the new headquarters is expected to be completed within a period of three (3) years.
Speaking at the official ground-beaking ceremony event here on Thursday morning, Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana acknowledged that her staff members have been operating in the old offices building in Windhoek City Centre which was not a suitable working environment.
' It is no secret that the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has been operating under such difficult circumstances for so many years. For this reason, we decided to build the Ministry's new Head Office with adequate office space accommodations in order to provide improved services to the Namibian people, ' said Iivula-Ithana.
Speaking at the same event, Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Windhoek City Mayor Muesee Kazapua both highly applauded Ivula-Ithana for having spearheaded her Ministry's turn-around strategy that included the start of the construction of the new headquarters.
Both the Governor and the Mayor urged the contractors to build the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration headquarters as per agreed building specifications, as well as to finish the building within the agreed time limit.
Close to 100 people, including Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Elia Kaiyamo as well as the officials from the Chinese Embassy, were present at the event.