N.dollars 10 million allocated for NA renovation

25 Apr 2019 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA) - The National Assembly (NA) has allocated N.dollars 10 million to its Parliamentary Coordination and Support Services programme for the renovation and upgrading of the parliament building in the 2019/20 financial year.
While motivating the NA budget allocation, Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi explained that the money was allocated to that programme as development budget.
He said the funds estimated for this financial year will be used to finalise phase two renovations of C1 Conference hall and to upgrade the outdated conference system in the chamber for the implementation of e-parliament.
He said the Tintenpalast building, though aging, will continue to accommodate both members of parliament and secretariat staff and needs an ongoing revamp to make it habitable.
“It is also one of the most important heritage buildings to both our society and the tourism industry. It is our duty to safeguard our heritage for us to pass our historical legacy to future generations and to provide the present generation a connection to its past,” he added.
Whilst maintaining its facade which makes it unique, some internal adjustments are permissible and this ongoing revamp will continue to tap more funds until a new Parliament building is built, Katjavivi noted.
The parliamentary coordination and support services division has been allocated N.dollars 23 302 000.
This division provides administrative and financial support to capacity development and vote’s programme.
Under the same programme, Information Services will receive about N.dollars 12 million for the provision of relevant and up-to-date information, research, library and modern information and communication technology services to members of parliament and the secretariat.
The ICT division is also involved in facilitating outreach activities in addition to being a key player in the shift to e-Parliament in its desire to have a paperless parliament.