By Hileni Nembwaya
The Eenhana Town Council has budgeted more than N$17 million for personnel expenditure during the 2017/18 financial year.
This was announced by Mayor Amos Nangolo, during the tabling of the town council budget recently.
He said the amount had been budgeted for salaries and increments, which were applicable to all civil servants, countrywide, and in line with directives from the line ministry and the Ministry of Finance.
An additional of N$2.5 million has also been budgeted for a salary reserve fund, intended for unforeseen expenses incurred by town council staff.
Nangolo said that the council has proactively considered and made provision for nine percent salary increment, as well as a seven percent increment, in terms of the benefits of civil servants which has already been implemented by the central government.
“We are trying to align ourselves to the government, in order to be on par with the set salary structures for our local authority,” he said.
Nangolo also said for the 2017/18 financial year, the council has compiled a budget totalling more than N$89 million with a projected income estimated at N$90 million.
The biggest chunk of the budget is intended for capital project development, with an amount of N$37.5 million intended for this purpose. The council’s maintenance services department, which deals with sewage reticulation, roads and power supply maintenance, has received an amount of N$6.81 million. On the aspect of housing delivery, Nangolo noted that the demand for housing and business erven in the town continues to outstrip the supply and thus the council does not have necessary resources to tackle this challenge.
“We have registered over 2 500 informal corrugated structures at the Ombili squatter settlement, where some of our residents decided to go and settle, without permission from the council.
“In this regard, the council has adopted more of a proactive and responsive approach. We rather decided to create a reception area, where we can move these squatters to, and in the process, we will allocate them their own plots,” said Nangolo.
He also noted that the council has allocated several portions of land to developers, under public-private partnership agreements, in order to make available approximately 6 500 plots by the year 2020.
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