03 Jun 2019 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUN (NAMPA) Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila here on Monday met the executive directors (EDs) of all ministries to deliberate on and iron out issues of national concern in governments quest to deliver the best services possible.
During the opening, which was open to the media, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila tackled a number of matters she said needed to be addressed head-on.
First, she raised the issue of problematic relationships observed between some EDs and politicians (ministers).
She said sound relationships between public office bearers and administrative structures of government offices, ministries and agencies (OMAs) were paramount in the effective administration of state entities.
As executive directors, you need to collaborate amongst yourselves, besides ensuring a coordinated approach within your respective OMAs, using fora such as this. This way we shall address the silo effect, and work closely together and collaborate to enhance effective implementation of policies and programmes, she appealed.
Next, the former finance minister expressed worry about lack of accountability at some public entities.
The government head premised her disappointment on reports by the auditor general, which consistently paints a bleak picture on how government institutions are run.
The auditor generals reports have illuminated improper management of virementations, sub-optimal record keeping which sometimes manifest itself in the form of unavailability of supporting documents for expenditures required for audit, and poor management of asset registers which compromise management of public assets.
I wish to indicate that proper documentation is critical in public finance governance. We must therefore improve on our data records management systems at OMAs, she stated generally.
On procurement, the accounting officers were reminded of the directive that all goods and services procured for the government should be sourced locally when such is available.
The current practice of importing goods and leaving our local products stranded for a place on the local market is undesirable as it discourages local production, which in turn hinders job creation efforts while also exerting undue pressure on our foreign reserves, she explained.
The premier mentioned the high public service wage bill which takes up almost half the national budget, excluding medical costs.
I wish to reiterate my directives to enforce cost saving measures, including but not limited to limiting overtime to extremely critical and unavoidable cases and managing of domestic and foreign trips by staff members by allowing only trips where presence of local staff is an acute necessity, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila stressed.
The filling of vacancies and creation of new posts should only be limited to areas where service delivery can be compromised, she added.