Government property maintenance tops Works’ budget

31 Mar 2016 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAR (NAMPA) - A budget amount of N.dollars 312.4 million has been allocated to the maintenance of Government properties by the Ministry of Works and Transport for the 2016/17 financial year.
Deputy Minister of Works and Transport Sankwasa James Sankwasa Wednesday motivated the department of works' budget allocation of N.dollars 667.4 million in the National Assembly (NA), saying State property maintenance is very important.
Sankwasa said the maintenance of government properties is aimed at improving the working conditions for staff members of the ministries and agencies to achieve the envisioned efficiency.
“It will also improve living conditions in both rural and urban areas in all 14 regions by providing sound environment management to Government facilities at remote places where municipal services are not provided.”
Sankwasa said in order to ensure an appropriate and required maintenance budget allocation, and appreciation of the level of Government infrastructure maintenance, the ministry will undertake regional assessment visits to all regions.
His ministry also intends on conducting a technical appraisal for all Government infrastructure and assets in order to identify areas where infrastructure and buildings need to be maintained or upgraded as a matter of priority and urgency.
He explained a portion of budget allocations of other ministries/agencies (O/M/A) are also intended for the maintenance of their buildings and infrastructure, yet it is expected of the works department.
“Be that as it is, all O/M/As still expect the Ministry of Works to undertake all the maintenance works,” Sankwasa pointed out, adding his ministry is then left with a meagre budget.
He explained servicing, maintaining and overhauling water pumps and generator sets as well as the rehabilitation of other existing specialised installations also form part of the maintenance programme.
Sankwasa gave an example of specialised installations of boilers, lifts, cooling and sewer plants that should be performed under this programme.
The ministry identified five more programmes to which its portion of the works' department will be allocated:
Provision of horticultural services to government office buildings and service centres -N.dollars 12 150 000
Provision of stores and printing services- N.dollars 28 678 000
Provision of office accommodation requirements – N.dollars 119 010 000
Government construction buildings regulation, coordination and supervision- N.dollars 87 644 000
Supervision and support services - N.dollars 107 455 000