Nandago urges Home Affairs staff to avoid working overtime

01 Feb 2014 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 FEB (NAMPA) - The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Patrick Nandago has urged all of the ministry’s supervisors to ensure that staff members carry out their work during normal working hours.
Speaking during the ministerial staff meeting held at the Khomas Regional Council on Friday, Nandago said this should be done so that overtime work can be avoided
“Overtime should only be performed when it is absolutely necessary,” he stated.
He also urged all Ministry of Home Affairs staff members to avoid the abuse of Government property, including vehicles, stationery and other office equipment.
“Let us carry out our duties with due diligence,” said the PS.
Nandago applauded the ministry’s staff for working hard and for achieving a number of accomplishments during the 2013/2014 financial year.
“We have completed a successful mobile registration exercise, the passport division is credited for good work during the festive season, the introduction of the SMS system, and the automation of visa and permit applications, which is currently awaiting commissioning,” he said.
Nandago further highlighted the opening of the two hospital-based offices and two sub-regional offices; the successful recruitment of new staff members and the cascading of a performance management system which saw 95 per cent of the staff signing performance agreements, as some of the ministry’s achievements.
He commended the ministry’s human resource division for successfully recruiting 158 new staff members during the period under review, and congratulated the 31 staff members who were promoted and 75 staff members who were successfully transferred internal and externally.
The PS further noted that the ministry is currently pursuing a number of development projects in order to improve service delivery to the public.
These projects include the construction of regional offices at Keetmanshoop and Oshakati for the //Karas and Oshana regions respectively, as well as the construction of an office at the Kashamane Border Post in the Omusati Region and the renovation of the Outjo sub-regional office.
“We are soon to begin with the construction of our Windhoek head office. The site is already identified and the feasibility study and design will hopefully be completed by the second quarter of the 2014/2015 financial year,” Nandago said.