Councillors to receive qualifications from NIPAM

19 Jul 2016 13:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 19 JUL (NAMPA) - Regional and Local Authority councillors will soon have the opportunity to receive qualifications in local governance and development through the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM).
The institute plans to introduce the four-month course next year.
NIPAM is amongst others mandated to provide administration and management training in efforts to transform the public service in Namibia.
Speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of a development programme workshop for councillors at Swakopmund on Monday, senior consultant for regional and local government programmes at NIPAM, Nespect Salom said the course starts in March.
“First they get a certificate of competency in local government, then they can also enrol for a diploma and a degree as we introduce such courses in the future,” he said.
Salom said the councillors will be able to complete the course over one year.
“We might say they attend for one month and return to office for another month before they can return again until they complete the four months,” he said.
Salom said the initiative is aimed at giving politicians a chance to be trained and obtain qualifications, especially those who did not get a chance to study due to their backgrounds.
He said this will help them be effective in their work, which involves developing communities.
“We thought it fit to improve service delivery in regional and local government through such training.”
In her official opening remarks, Swakopmund Mayor Paulina Nashilundo acknowledged that councillors need basic knowledge on how to deliver effective services.
“Our people elected us to serve them to the best of our abilities, and that is what we should do,” Nashilundo said.
More than 50 councillors from various regional and local authorities in Namibia are attending the week-long training in Swakopmund.
The training covers topics such as Namibia’s development agenda, the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the fourth National Development Plan (NDP 4), financial management as well as the role of local and traditional authorities in development.
At the end of the training on Thursday they will receive certificates of attendance which will enable them to qualify for the four-month course in March.
“I am really excited about the training, especially about the fact that they will give us certificates which can help us to go on an obtain diplomas and degrees,” chairperson of the Oshana Regional Council, Hannu Kapenda said when approached for comment.