11 Mar 2017 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 11 MAR (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Works and Transports oversight function of procurement services or tenders by State-owned enterprises using government funding will from next month be done through the central procurement board.
Currently, tenders are awarded on behalf of government by the ministry.
The establishment of the Central Procurement Board follows the signing into law of the Public Procurement Act. The Board replaces the current public procurement system, including the Namibia Tender Board.
Speaking during his annual staff address here on Thursday, Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb said this will be effective as from 01 April 2017 to ensure that government exercises its function fully over these entities.
The ministry will in the meantime focus on addressing several challenges, mainly in the aviation and railway sectors.
!Naruseb said the slow progress of construction at the Mpacha Airport in Katima Mulilo where rehabilitation is required on the runway and taxiway and legal challenges to both Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) and Rundu Airport construction projects pose major challenges for the ministry.
Of concern to the ministry are the issues of poor railway infrastructure and the poor performance of TransNamib, he stated.
The ministry will further only give prominence to critical services such as air traffic controllers and weather services regarding overtime payments, whilst unnecessary training and travelling expenses have been cut.
!Naruseb also noted that the Ministry of Works and Transport made slow progress during the 2015/16 financial year due to the financial constraints that government faced.
The non-achievement of our set development targets was a result of the global economic turbulence which affected not only Namibia, but the rest of the world, he stated.
He also attributed late payments to contractors on budgetary constraints.
One of the ministrys highlights was the negotiating and signing of six bilateral air service agreements with Ethiopia, Netherlands, Turkey, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Guyana.