… As NIP House is officially inaugurated
By Hilary Mare
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has commended the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) for being an exemplary State-owned enterprise (SOE), which has displayed the ability to remain self-sufficient over many years.
Addressing delegates at the inauguration of NIP House last Friday, Geingob encouraged the parastatal to exhaust all the options available, in order to ensure that employment opportunities in crucial fields are made available to aspiring medical scientists, pathologists and technologists.
“The role of State-owned enterprises within our economy is often maligned. Given the economic headwinds we are facing as a country, it is incumbent on all of us – government offices, ministries, agencies, State-owned enterprises and private sector companies, to ensure that unnecessary expenditure is curbed, and that resources are used in an efficient and effective manner,” Geingob said.
“I therefore commend the board, management and staff of NIP, for ensuring that this company has successfully conducted its business, as an SOE, so far. You have remained self-sufficient over the years and I encourage you to continue this trend. I also encourage the NIP to exhaust all options to ensure that employment opportunities in crucial fields are offered to our aspiring medical scientists, pathologists and technologists. Where possible, you should also provide scholarships to students, who wish to pursue studies in pathology.”
Geingob added that the Growth at Home concept should not only apply to business and manufacturing, but also to the country’s most valuable resource, which is human capital.
“Let us grow our home-based experts through institutions like NIP, who not only are there to carry out their direct mandates, but also the wider mandate of government, as outlined in our Harambee Prosperity Plan, national development plans and Vision 2030,” Geingob added.
The humble beginnings of the NIP started on 1 December 2000, with 23 medical laboratories. It has since expanded to become the largest medical laboratory services provider in Namibia, with over 40 medical laboratories and five patient care centres, spread across all 14 regions.
“The NIP is supported by a team of extremely hardworking, mostly young, professional men and women. About 50 percent of our total workforce is below the age of 30, and 85 percent of our total workforce is below the age of 50. We currently have 484 employees.
It is equally compelling to state that we have fairly happy and content employees,” NIP Chief Executive Officer, Augustinus Katiti, said at the inauguration.
He said that 87 percent of NIP’s workforce had expressed satisfaction with their jobs, during an independent Best Company to Work for Survey.
This included 77 percent of the parastatal’s workforce expressing satisfaction with their remuneration. “Although we have a fairly young workforce, 47 percent of our employees have been with NIP for more than five years, which I consider as another positive measure of job satisfaction,” Katiti added.
NIP Director, Dr Petrina Kapewangolo, said, “I can proudly say that the NIP is one of the very few State-owned enterprises which remains self-sufficient, even during tough economic times. This is truly an achievement that we are all proud of, since the NIP’s inception.”
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