Kaapanda inaugurates Nampa's flats

19 Mar 2015 14:20pm

WINDHOEK, 19 MAR (NAMPA) – The out-going Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on Thursday inaugurated the multi-million-dollars Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA) accommodation flats.
The accommodation quarters are located in Windhoek's Pionierspark surburb.
The N.dollar 4,3 million flats comprises of four dwelling units to be rented off.
The dwellings were constructed on a plot which housed one of the old government houses. The state donated the building to Nampa at the time of the latter's transformation from a government division into a parastatal.
Minister Joel Kaapanda commended Nampa for carrying out its mandate with diligence and dedication, and for having established itself as a formidable news agency at home and abroad.
“I trust that with the income derived from these dwelling units, Nampa will be in a position to improve its operations as well as lessen its financial dependency on shareholder support,” he said.
He said the government’s wish is to have self-sustained parastatals.
He urged Nampa to select with diligent the tenants who will keep the flats in good shape.
Currently, Nampa is building a storey building at its Head Office in Windhoek.
“I want Nampa to be visible and see it growing from strength to strength,” he said.
Kaapanda did not make it onto Swapo Party list of 77 would-be parliamentarians. As such, he will not be part of the next government to be inaugurated on Saturday.
At the occasion, Kaapanda took the opportunity to bid farewell to Nampa’s staff.
He said he is retiring from active politics, but he will continue serving the community and society in general in one way or another.
He thanked Nampa’s board of directors and management for the cordial relations they have had and support rendered to him during his tenure of office.
“I look forward to your continued dedication and commitment in continuing to build our nation through information dissemination and contribution to the socio-economic development of our country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nampa Board’s Chairperson Reggy Diergaardt explained that the project is aimed at complementing government's effort in realising Vision 2030.
“This is a national asset, which needs to be guarded jealously. We are sowers not rippers,” he said.
He then thanked the Minister for the trust and confidence he has put in Nampa’s Board of Directors and management.
Nampa’s Chief Executive Officer Nghidinwa Hamunime handed over a Mahangu Thresher machine to the Minister as a send-off gift.
“You have succeeded as a teacher, fighter, diplomat and Minister. You will also succeed as a farmer,” said Hamunime while handing over the machine.