08 Apr 2015 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 08 APR (NAMPA) About N.dollars 20 million will be spent on the upgrade and renovation of State House infrastructure in Oshakati West in the Oshana Region over the next two financial years.
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 2015/2016 to 2017/2018 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) states that N.dollars 10 million will be spent during the current financial year, while another N.dollars 10 million will be spent during the 2016/2017 financial year.
The objective of the project is to upgrade and renovate State House infrastructure. The project will benefit the State and policies and decision-makers, it noted.
The project will commence in April 2015.
Another N.dollars 10 million is also separately budgeted for after the completion of the project, which is scheduled for 31 March 2018.
The desired outcome of the project is that by the year 2017, Namibia continues to be a safe, secure and peaceful country. The strategic initiative is to strengthen national security and territorial integrity, according to the estimates of expenditure, it added.
Meanwhile, about N.dollars 153 million will be spent during this financial year to construct, renovate and furnish accommodation facilities in 10 regions for President Hage Geingob and his entourage while on official duty.
The 2015/16 until 2017/18 MTEF states that the projects funding is estimated at more than N.dollars 1.5 billion as from the period 01 April 2014 until 31 March 2018. The composition of expenditure includes the purchase of land and intangible assets to the tune of N.dollars 77 million, while taxpayers have to fork out N.dollars 75 million for the purchase of buildings.
Other expenditure includes construction, renovation and improvement to the tune of about N.dollars 576 million; furniture and office equipment for about N. dollars 94 million; operational equipment, machinery and plants estimated at about N.dollars 349 million; while the feasibility studies, design and supervision is estimated at about N.dollars 136 million over the project period. About N.dollars 95 million was budgeted for accommodation facilities abroad. No specifics about the foreign missions were published in the MTEF.
The facilities will provide accommodation and security to the Head of State and his entourage during official visits. The main components of the project are: the acquisition of accommodation facilities, construction, renovation and purchasing of equipment. The project will benefit the State, policies and decision-makers, it states.
Activities for the project commenced during the 2013/2014 financial year with a budget of about N.dollars 689 million. Activities completed during the 2014/2015 financial year included construction and renovation of accommodation facilities in the Khomas, Erongo, //Karas, Omusati, Ohangwena and Otjozondjupa regions with an estimated budget of N.dollars 180 million.
The N.dollars 153 million estimate for the 2015/2016 financial year is for the construction and renovation of office and accommodation in Khomas, Erongo, //Karas, Otjozondjupa, Omusati, Kavango East, Khomas regions and abroad, as well as to acquire operational and administrative equipment.
For the 2016/2017 financial year an estimated total of about N.dollars 182 million has been budgeted for the acquisition of equipment and construction, renovation and purchasing of office accommodation. An estimate of N.dollars 186 million was budgeted for the 2017/2018 financial year, while a balance of about N.dollars 123 million is estimated at the completion of the project.