By Eliaser Ndeyanale
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has emphasised that the employment of presidential advisors is not anything new but has always been part of the Namibian Government structure.
In June 2015 Geingob appointed a team of advisors, whom he said will help him run state affairs. They are Albertus Aochamub as State House press secretary, former Statistician-General John Steytler as economic advisor, Etienne Maritz, executive secretary in the Office of the President, Daisry Mathias as advisor on youth matters, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi as constitutional advisor, Penny Akwenye as policy advisor on implementation and monitoring and Jeff Mbako as Presidential advisor for community affairs.
Geingob has been criticised for his team of advisors, who are deemed expensive.
The President this week said his advisors possess the requisite competencies to provide executive support for his office’s strategic efforts.
“This is not a new concept, except the fact that we have catered for youth and business, since these are crucial sectors in our developmental efforts.
“Those whose aim is to discredit our efforts focus on the fact that we have a top heavy structure and a bloated Government. It is true that the structure of the Public Service is bloated. This is mainly due to the historical reality that we inherited civil servants from the structures which existed during the apartheid era in the interest of reconciliation. If we were to downsize now, we will end up sending many people into the streets and add to the already high number of unemployed people,” said Geingob.
He was speaking at the annual staff meeting of the Office of the President.
He further urged his staff to improve their performance and output.
“This year, let us disappoint the naysayers with success. Let us defeat them with hard work. Let us deliver, deliver, and deliver. We will succeed if we establish a culture of efficient and effective service delivery.”
He said in order for this to be achieved, they must focus on four key elements, which are: service culture, staff engagement, service quality and public engagement.
“In terms of service culture, I am challenging our management to establish within the Presidency, a set of overriding principles which will control, maintain and develop a culture of superior service delivery.”
He said the current service needs to improve in this area.
“I once again call on our managers to cultivate positive attitudes amongst our staff, so that we are all able to control, maintain and develop a social process that will manifest itself as delivery of quality and valuable service to the public.
“Managers should engage their staff, have regular meetings and ensure that everyone is made to participate and feel part of the processes and systems being employed to achieve quality service delivery. Let us shed the negative habits that lead to territorial behaviour and silo mentalities. People should not feel that they own offices, departments and divisions. We should shy away from looking inwards and look outwards in order to foster a culture of teamwork.
“Once we establish a successful culture of staff engagement, we will be able to focus on service quality, by developing necessary strategies, processes and performance management systems to buttress our efforts. This should be combined with public engagement, in order to ensure that we maintain a high standard of service delivery by constantly monitoring and improving on our performance,” said Geingob.
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