Millions to be spent on construction of OPM

07 Apr 2015 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 APR (NAMPA) - About N.dollars 106 million will be spent on the construction of a second Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) during the 2015/2016 financial year.
This was revealed in the government's spending plans for the 2015/2016 financial year and the following two years, as tabled in the National Assembly by Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein last week.
“The objective of this project is to construct the second office facility and parking area for the Office of the Prime Minister. The beneficiaries are staff members of the Office of the Prime Minister and the entire public. The components of the project are: feasibility study, documentation, design and construction,” stated the 2015/2016 to 2017/2018 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).
The total estimated budget for the project was about N.dollars 647 million as from April 2011, with the completion of the project estimated for March 2020. The budget for the 2013/2014 financial year for the construction of the second Office of the Prime Minister was estimated at about N.dollars 20 million, while for the 2014/2015 financial year it was budgeted at N.dollars 106 million.
Activities completed during the 2014/2015 financial year for the project included earthworks; bulk excavation and lateral support; as well as building design completion. Activities planned for the 2015/2016 financial year include the commencement of the construction.
The estimated budget for the 2016/2017 financial year is about N.dollars 135 million compared to about N.dollars 87 million during the 2017/2018 financial year. The remaining balance for completion is estimated at N.dollars 193 million.
Meanwhile, the renovation of the Old State House residence will cost the taxpayer about N.dollars 22.6 million for the 2015/2016 financial year.
“The objective of this project is to renovate the old State House residence. Project components are: feasibility study, documentation and design and construction. The beneficiaries of the project are the staff members of OPM, as well as the entire public,” it added.
An estimated N.dollars 685 000 is budget for the completion of the project during the 2016/2017 financial year.
The OPM includes the Office of the Permanent Secretary;the Department Administration and Information Technology Management; Department Public Service Management; Department Public Services Information Technology Management; Internal Audit; Disability Unit; Efficiency and Charter Unit.
There is also the Prime Minister’s Bureau; Public Office Bearers Remuneration Commission Secretariat; State-owned Enterprises Governance Council Secretariat; Public Service Commission Secretariat; and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM).
The DPM includes a private office; Directorate Disaster Risk Management; and the Division San Development.