By Confidente Reporter
FORMER Health Permanent Secretary and the current PS in the Office of the Prime Minister, Andrew Ndishishi has been appointed the new Executive Director for the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) starting August 1, Confidente can reveal.
Confidente has it on good authority that Ndishishi, an experienced public administrator was initially offered a five-year contract but he reportedly turned it down and agreed to a three-year term due to the fact that he wants to retire thereafter.
Information gathered by this publication shows that Ndishishi comes highly qualified with his core competencies lying in economics and finance, economic planning, trade policy and negotiations, public administration, business management and human resources development.
Earlier in the week NIPAM’s marketing practitioner, Cecilia Iita said that while she is not allowed to talk to the media, she revealed that the institution’s board chairperson, George Simataa would address “matters or events at NIPAM” at a press conference that was scheduled for yesterday (Wednesday). This was after Simataa institution’s PRO department. referred this newspaper to the
Meanwhile, the institution’s secretary Brian Chaka said, “In terms of section 26 of the NIPAM Act 2016 the recruitment of the Executive Director is vested in the Governing Council with the concurrence of the Prime Minister. I will consult and come back to you. Thanks,” Chaka said.
Ndishishi when contacted for comment said that the matter was news to him. “That is news to me,” he said.
The public relations officer in the Prime Minister’s Office, Saima Shaanika did not respond to questions on the matter for over week but on Tuesday said that the Prime Minister was aware of the enquiry that would be attended to.
Ndishishi succeeds Professor Joseph Diescho, who was axed from the institution early December last year for alleged insubordination, material breach of the employment contract, competition with the employer and non-compliance with resolutions of the NIPAM governance council.
Ndishishi worked at various institutions at high level including the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, Office of the President and National Planning Commission amongst others. He is perhaps renowned for his role as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health where he served for several years until he was transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office late last years.
Ndishishi has a Diploma in Economics at the Marie-Curie Sklodowskiej University, Lublin, Poland in 1981, and Masters of Economics and Finance at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland in 1987. He also did postgraduate Diplomas in Economics, Finance and Business Administration in UK, Sweden and Malaysia between 1988 and 1995.
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