New police station inaugurated at Etayi
27 Mar 2016 09:10am
ETAYI, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - The first-ever police station at the Etayi village in the Omusati Region was officially inaugurated on Friday.
The police station was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 57 million and was completed on 23 March this year.
It consists of amongst others seven offices, four holding cells, barracks that can accommodate 30 police officers and a mortuary.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the Etayi Police Station is the first to be inaugurated this year and several police stations are being constructed at places such as Oshikuku and Oshifo. These will also include housing for police force members.
The lack of housing for members forces some of them to live in makeshift structures in various parts of the country, including in towns, Ndeitunga said.
The inspector-general said this does not reflect well on the police force and also negatively affects its members performance of their duties as it influence the rendering of effective services to the people.
Also speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Safety and Security, Daniel Kashikola said it is the governments responsibility to make budgetary provisions for facilities such as these.
While the government is playing its part by providing the necessary infrastructure and human resources, all Namibian citizens are obligated to play a role in maintaining peace and stability by participating in special policing activities aimed at providing safety and security, Kashikola said.