New OPM to address office shortage problems: Hausiku

WINDHOEK: The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) says the new building it will occupy in future is meant to address real office shortage problems which had been identified long before the current Prime Minister, Hage Geingob came into office.

Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Marco Hausiku made the statement in the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday when he took the floor to respond to a report published in a local daily last month.

Hausiku said the report headlined ‘PM to get N$600m office’ gave the “misleading impression” that the PM as an exclusive individual is to occupy an office costing N.dollars 600 million.

“The project for the construction of the administrative building for the OPM started in the financial year 2010/11 to address the critical need for office accommodation identified by the OPM,” he explained.

He stated that the project was endorsed by the then incumbent PM and approved as a viable and essential infrastructure development project under Government’s Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG).

Thus, according to Hausiku, Geingob just inherited the commitments and obligations already entered into by Government for the OPM’s administrative office.

“Geingob is expected to not only honour, but ensure that execution and completion would be on time as previously planned,” he added.

Hausiku also indicated that the new OPM originated from the pressing accommodation needs experienced by the 415 staff of the office who are scattered around the city of Windhoek in, amongst others, the OPM, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United House building, Frans Indongo Gardens, and the Old Mutual office complex.

“Given that the staff members of the OPM are scattered all over, it is a big challenge for the management of OPM to create, coordinate and harmonise an effective functional team,” he stated.

SOURCE: NAMPA