By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Chief Executive Officer of Ondangwa town council, Ismael Namgongo told Confidente that the council is need of more than N$200 million in order to execute its five-year strategic plan.
The strategic plan will be cascaded into a yearly plan which will be linked to national and international agendas aimed at ensuring the alignment and execution is alive and relevant.
“As a council, we have committed ourselves to transform our town to becoming one of the best places to live and invest in. We believe that we have the potential to easily reach our vision which is to become an engine of industrialisation and sustainable development, if we are working together, both us in the council and the residents,” said Namgongo.
In order to facilitate this initiative, the council will ensure responsive saving measures are put in place, such as a cost reduction initiative.
Despite Ondangwa being one of the oldest northern towns, it is still faced with numerous challenges such as lack of higher training institutions, land availability, flood prone areas, land grabbing, pollution from tannery plants and insufficient compensation funds.
“The challenges therefore remain with us as an organisation and also as individuals to preform and live up to the expectations of our residents and potential investors. As officials we have therefore committed ourselves to uphold the following good governance values which are, being professional, responsible, inclusiveness, transparency, innovation and accountable in all our dealings,” Namgongo said.
“The strategic plan will therefore be our yardstick, measuring the performance of the council over the years. Our performance will be measured in terms of how the whole council is performing and also at individual level through individual performance agreements.”
Namgongo further said that the council is working around the clock to make sure that its vision of becoming an engine of industrialisation and sustainable development in the town is realised.
The process of the strategic plan will be facilitated by PALOW management and training consulting firm.
The town council was hit hard when the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development cut its 2016/17 capital projects budget from N$7.2 million to N$3.7 million, leaving the council with no option but to suspend most of its intended projects.
During the 2016/17 budget allocation, Ongwediva town council was allocated an amount of N$10 million for construction, while Oshakati was allocated N$20 million.
The Oshakati masterplan was allocated an amount of N$21 million, however after the review the budget was cut to N$6 million.
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