Home Affairs' budget to focus on staff accomodation

09 Sep 2013 11:10
SWAKOPMUND, 09 SEP (NAMPA) - Staff accommodation should be placed high on the priority list when planning the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s annual budget, the line minister said on Monday.
Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana said this during the opening of her ministry’s 2013 Budget Management Planning Retreat here on Monday.
Managers and other senior officials of the ministry are attending the meeting.
These officials will be working on the budget’s preparation and the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework for 2014/2015 – 2016/2017, which need to be submitted to Treasury by 16 September 2013.
“The creation of a conducive working environment and staff accommodation should receive attention when focusing on the budget planning,” Iivula-Ithana indicated.
She said the recruitment of staff, creation of sub-regional offices at constituencies where such offices do not exist, should also be regarded as important challenges to focus on.
“The annual budget management planning is imperative for an organisation aspiring for prudent financial management, and important activities should be prioritised and budgeted accordingly.
Equally, it should also be used as a platform to identify all the needs of the ministry up until 2017,” said the minister.
She emphasised that the General and Presidential elections will be taking place next year, and it is required that every eligible voter register on the basis of a national identity document.
“As a result of this, I expect we will be focusing on capturing those individuals who do not have identity cards,” Iivula-Ithana stated.
She further outlined that there is a need for improvement in many areas, especially with respect to customer care and staff attitude, and provision of credible services which are needed by Namibians whenever they visit Home Affairs’ offices countrywide.
“We need to be sensitive when dealing with the public as the negativity towards them (ministry) is tarnishing the name of the ministry. Obstacles to quality service delivery must be identified, and means to overcome them must be found,” Iivula-Ithana said sturdily.
In additional, she said staff development is catered for in the budget, and warned that those who make themselves guilty of unethical behaviour will be identified and dealt with accordingy.
Sharing similar sentiments, Home Affairs and Immigration Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Patrick Nandago said staff accommodation for immigration officers at border posts and in Walvis Bay, in particular, should receive high priority.
He then urged managers to improve the pace at which programmes are executed, as in some cases the urgency of cases are being ignored.