OKAKARARA: A decision by the Home Affairs Ministry to move its operations to the Okakarara Trade Fair for the week appears to have paid off, as hundreds of clients have been helped there so far.
Okakarara Home Affairs and Immigration Regional Head Temba Nghitaunapo told Nampa on Friday that more than 500 people had been served at the ministry’s stall since Tuesday, when the trade fair kicked off.
“I can proudly say that it was crucial for us to come here and issue passports, national identity documents (IDs), birth and death certificates,” Nghitaunapo said.
He explained how the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration took a decision to move its operations from its Okakarara regional office to the trade fair centre for the duration of the trade fair in a strategic move to meet with its clients.
He said that about 200 printed ID cards had been collected, 20 passports applied for and more than 300 matters related to birth and death certificates had been attended to in the four days.
Another stall which seems to be faring well is the Parliament stall which is situated in the VIP Hall at the Okakarara Trade Fair Centre.
Chief Liaison Officer at the National Assembly, David Nahogandja said the Parliament stall has been busy since the start of the trade fair.
“They ask me how laws are made, the procedures one has to follow to visit Parliament, as well as questions on the Legislature, Judiciary and Executive,” noted Nahogandja.
He stated that people also want to know the meaning of some of the terminology used in Parliament such as motion, quorum and Bill, which he then explains to them, while he also distributes leaflets containing information on how laws are made, the separation of state powers, as well as a guide to public participation in the lawmaking process, amongst other things.
Nahogandja noted that similar exercises will in all likehood be conducted at other recognised trade fairs in order to bring Parliament closer to the Namibian people.
The Okakarara Trade Fair kicked off its activities on Tuesday with 232 exhibitors.
It ends on Sunday.