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Shaningwa call for accountability in her ministry

WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) - Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa on Thursday warned her staff against awarding projects to service providers who inflate prices above professional cost estimates.
Shaningwa made the call during the annual staff address at her ministry headquarters here.
She stressed the need for improvement in the implementation of capital projects and timely submission of accountability reports.
“I do not need to emphasise that the delayed implementation of capital projects translates into delayed delivery of requisite basic social services to our people,” she said.
Shaningwa added that she does not want to hear that her ministry has failed to fully utilise the budget allocated to them to deliver goods and services to the people.
“This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” she stated, while urging the Permanent Secretary and heads of directorates to constantly monitor and ensure timely execution of planned and budgeted activities.
Shaningwa called upon staff members to do more with the few resources at their disposal to deliver on the ministry’s core functions and activities.
“I want managers and staff members to devote our time in offices on completing tasks assigned to us during the normal working hours and to cut down drastically on traveling,” she said.
The minister asked her staff to comply with the Cabinet directive that overtime and holding of ministerial meetings and workshops outside duty stations must be stopped.

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