Shorter waiting period for citizenship documents a reality

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has eliminated perennial backlog of ID applications which stood at 40 000 yearly in September last year.

Currently the processing of ID documents takes only 12 days from the date of application at the Regional Office to the printing and sent back which is a different to the previous 210 days it used to take the ministry.

This was announced here on Friday by the Minister of Home Affairs Pendukeni Iivula Ithana during the ministerial gathering as the was welcoming her staff and celebrate the 2014 achievements.

As part of the ministry’s achievements of last year, the minister has expressed her gratitude towards the system of tracking and tracing in terms of communication with the public.

“A system of track and trace in place and our communication with the public in this respect is excellent,” said Pendukeni.

The minister also recommended the Short message service (SMS) system of enquiry about the readiness of the passport is working to the best of its ability and they are looking forward to further shorten the waiting period of all the ministry’s services to less than five working days.

The minister has also announced that a record of 150 855 IDs including duplicate documents have been printed in 2014 a record achievement said the minister.

The Ministry is also in a process of designing a curriculum on Civil Registration and Vital statistics that will be taught at the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) and University of Namibia (UNAM).

The 2 400 former Angolan refugees who had requested to settle in Namibia have been locally integrated says the minister, adding that the commensurate facilities such as education and medical facilities have been created to support the integrated communities.

The integrated communities are in Oshana, Otjozondjupa and the two Kavango regions, and the minister has hope that process is on- going and they are confident to continue from where they left last year.

Pendukeni also said the Turnaround Strategy has become a household name in the public domain, as the ministry eyes the commencement major infrastructures such as the ground breaking event for the commencement for the construction of the Headquarters of the ministry here in February.

Other upcoming important construction work for the ministry include the construction of staff housing at katwitwi Border post in Kavango west, Omusati regional Office, Kavango West Regional Office at Nkurenkuru, Ohangwena Regional Office at Eenhana and the //Karas regional Office though the construction started last year, is yet to be completed.

The minister has also urged team work amongst her staff members in order to achieve the ministry’s goals and to provide unity and good service to the people of Namibia.

“Our attitude and morale have dramatically improved since last year. I have hope that we can achieve much more together this year,” she said.

“Our resources may be limiting, but working together as a team can achieve much more, “she added.

“We must therefore serve the Namibian Nation and the public with dedication and a smile,” she emphasised.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has eliminated the perennial backlog of applications for Namibian citizenship documents, most notably the Namibian Identity Documents (IDs).

The processing of ID documents now takes 12 days from the date of application at the Regional Office to the printing of the actual ID – a much faster process compared to the 210 days it used to take the ministry.

This was revealed here on Friday by the Minister of Home Affairs, Pendukeni Iivula Ithana, when she addressed members of her staff for the first time in 2015.

The minister said a record 150 855 IDs including duplicate documents have been printed in 2014.

The Ministry is also in a process of designing a curriculum on Civil Registration and Vital statistics, which will be taught at the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) and University of Namibia (UNAM).

The 2 400 former Angolan refugees who had requested to settle in Namibia have been locally integrated, says the minister, adding that the commensurate facilities such as education and medical facilities have been created to support the integrated communities.

The integrated communities are in Oshana, Otjozondjupa and the two Kavango regions.

The minister called for team work amongst her staff members in order to achieve the ministry’s goals and to provide quality service to the people of Namibia.

“Our attitude and morale have dramatically improved since last year. I have hope that we can achieve much more together this year.

“Our resources may be limited, but working together as a team can achieve much more,“ she said.

SOURCE: NAMPA