In the past financial year we have made significant strides inpositioning the Ministry of Information and CommunicationTechnologies to serve the nation.Unfortunately, however, this has not been without challenges, thebiggest of which is lack of appropriate office accommodation.The Ministry’s head office occupies two floors in the GovernmentOffice Building just south of this Parliament Building. This space isoccupied by Top Management and their support staff, as well as theDirectorate Communications and the Division General Services. Our other Directorates and units, namely Audiovisual Media, CopyrightServices and Regional Offices; Print Media Affairs and the NamibianFilm Commission are scattered all over town. The current workingenvironment is far from being conducive and is presenting its ownpeculiar difficulties in management, control and accountability andsupervision.
Last year, the Ministry was granted N$1.5 million for feasibility studiesfor office accommodation under its capital budget. The feasibilitiesstudies for a new head office and 13 regional offices have beencompleted and the construction of adequate accommodation willamount to
N$350 million (Three Hundred and Fifty MillionNamibian Dollars)
million (One Hundred and Forty TwoMillion Namibian Dollars)
for the new Ministerial head quarters and
N$208 million (Two Hundred and Eight Million Namibian Dollars)
for the construction of 13 regional offices.This year, the Ministry was allocated
N$15 million (Fifteen MillionNamibia Dollars)
for the construction of office accommodation,which will be used for documentation work prior to the start of construction work. Our serious challenge of office accommodationwill, therefore, not be resolved in the near future. As a result, we haveno option but to continue rent adequate office accommodation for theforeseeable future.
Honourable Chairman of the Whole House Committee,Honourable Members,