Oshifo gets police station

The development of Police infrastructure has been a priority for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), especially in remote rural areas, to ensure that safety and security are brought closer to the people.

This was said by the Omusati regional governor Erginus Endjala whilst officially inaugurating the NamPol station at Oshifo township of the Ruacana Town on Wednesday.

According to Endjala, challenges such as the lack of sufficient office space and members' accommodation, have been impending NamPol members to perform their duties properly.

These challenges, therefore, requires the construction of facilities of this kind, which allow NamPol to deploy its human resources appropriately, stated the governor.

Endjala noted that Oshifo NamPol members have been operating from a caravan, which has served as a charge office, adding that with the inauguration of the new facility, implementation of strategic plans aimed at improving the delivery of policing services through proper deployment of the members will also attending to the livelihood of Police officers.

He went to say the purpose of erecting Police stations is to ensure that people in the country have access to policing services, which are an entitlement of the people, enshrined in the Namibian Constitution.

This financial year, Endjala said, the government has allocated more than N.dollars 46 billion to the NamPol, of which over N.dollars 485 million is for the development budget for projects like constructions of Police stations.

The government will continue to avail funds, within the realm of possibilities, to provide for adequate human resources and technical means to NamPol, to ensure that they have the required capacity to prevent and combat crime in the country, in conformity with their mandate, Endjala cited.

He then urged Police officers, who will be using the new station, to ensure that its facilities are well taken care of and guarded against any form of vandalism.

Also speaking at the same event, Inspector-General of NamPol, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga stressed that providing safety and security is costly.

The Police facilities we are about to inaugurate here today were constructed at a cost of about N.dollars 25.5 million. It is, therefore, expected of all Police officers and community members to safeguard these State property, cited Ndeitunga.

He pointed out that the station construction project was handed over to the contractors on 08 August 2012, and it was completed only on 19 July 2019.

The construction took long to complete, because the initial contractor abandoned the site, Ndeitunga narrated without giving the reason for abandonment.

Oshifo Police station comprises of the charge office, 10 offices, visitors' room, interview room, board room, Pol 7 and 10 rooms, radio room, strong room, an armoury, gender-based violence protection unit office, kitchen, ablution facilities, six holding cells, mortuary, guardhouse, two houses and fuel tank.

Source: Namibia Press Agency