Budget cuts no excuse: Mutorwa

07 May 2019 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAY (NAMPA) – Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa on Monday urged Government officials to fully utilise the budgets allocated to their ministries and agencies and not to hide behind budget cuts.
Mutorwa in the National Assembly during his budget motivation statement of vote 23 for the Department of Works, which amounts to N.dollars 606 million, said planned programmes must be implemented.
“We must implement all programmes budgeted for within a specified time and report that the allocated funds are fully being utilised, until when one would say that there are no more funds to cater for the remaining programmes,” said Mutorwa.
Mutorwa remarked that during the 2018/19 financial year, his ministry successfully completed about six national projects at a cost of N.dollars 15 million despite the ongoing financial challenges.
He urged his counterparts to do their best with the scarce resources at their disposal before presenting the six programmes under the department budget.
An amount of N.dollars 48 million is earmarked for the 2019/20 financial year for Government Construction Buildings Regulation, Coordination and Supervision and N.dollars 35 million for the Provision of Office Accommodation programme.
Another N.dollars 237 million is allocated to the Maintenance of Government Properties under programme three, while Provision of Stores and Reproduction Services received N.dollars 34 million.
The minister noted that out of the N.dollars 237 million, N.dollars 231 million is required for the maintenance of government properties and N.dollars 6 million for development of government properties.
These programmes serve to ensure sustainable and reliable maintenance and rehabilitation of existing government properties, he stated.
Programme five - Provision of Horticultural Services will receive N.dollars 13 million and Policy Co-ordination and Support Services will get N.dollars 85 million for the 2019/20 financial year.