Fisheries ministry returns N.dollars 39.9 million to treasury

08 May 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) underspent 13.3 per cent (N.dollars 39.9 million) of its close to N.dollars 299 million total budget for the 2017/2018 financial year.
According to the Auditor-General, Junias Kandjeke’s report on the accounts of the MFMR for 2017/2018, tabled in the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday, MFMR only spent around N.dollars 259 million in the period under review.
For the current financial period 2019/2020, MFMR was allocated N.dollars 250 million.
“Furthermore, these could have been used to pay for the outstanding commitments that were postponed to the next financial year or the under expenditure could have been suspended in order to be used by other Offices, Ministries and Agencies (OMAS),” Kandjeke explained.
This comes at a time where the OMAs have been requesting for more funding during their budget allocation motivation speeches in the NA for the current financial period.
One such ministry is that of Education, Arts and Culture, whose budget allocation is nearly N.dollars 14 billion for the 2019/20 fiscal year, and has requested additional funding to service government school hostel provision, the Namibia School Feeding Programme, utilities, stationery and cleaning materials.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service has called for additional funds for the 2019/20 financial year to enable Namibia to participate in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the Rugby World Cup.
During his motivation on the budget of the Electoral Commission of Namibia, Speaker of the NA, Peter Katjavivi said the budget allocation was cut by N.dollars 81 million and has resulted in capital projects being halted.
These projects include the construction of regional offices which were supposed to be used to conduct voter education and ensure regional presence.
Similarly, the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) will, due to limited funds in the 2019/20 financial year, only finalise 105 audit reports, compared to 133 in the previous fiscal period according to Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein.