OSHIVELO: Minister of Safety and Security Nangolo Mbumba on Friday inaugurated 20 barracks at the Oshivelo Police Station.
The police station is situated at Oshivelo, some 95 kilometres north of Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region, and is manned by 77 police officers.
The Oshivelo police barracks were built at a cost of N.dollars 3,2 million through funding by the Ministry of Safety and Security to provide better housing to the members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) serving there.
“It is my conviction that the availability of these facilities which provide housing to our police officers will enable them to execute their duties diligently,” a proud Mbumba said in his keynote address.
The construction of the new police barracks commenced in 2011.
Currently, there are several other NamPol construction projects such as police holding cells, houses and more barracks underway here.
According to Mbumba, close to N.dollars 10 million has been put aside by his ministry for the completion of these police projects at the Oshivelo Police Station.
He also stated that Government is committed to ensuring that the living standard of its police officials is uplifted.
“Government wants to do more for you, but it is handicapped by many other competing needs which also require funding,” the minister said.
Mbumba on Friday stated that NamPol has more than 14 000 police officials country-wide.
Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Erastus Uutoni and NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga accompanied the minister to the inauguration.