Sunday, March 2, 2014

Minister's Annual Staff Address: Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, 25 February 2014

Honourable Minister,  Bernard Esau (MP) addressing staff of the MFMR during his Annual Staff Address in the Nampower Convention Center in Windhoek on the 25th of February 2014

Honourable Minister,  Bernard Esau (MP) addressed staff members of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) and members of the media during his Annual Staff Address for 2014 that took place at the Nampower Convention Centre on the 25th of February 2014. More than a hundred people attended the function. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the MFMR, Ms. Ulitala Hivelua.
In the key note address, Honourable Esua welcomed everybody present to the year 2014 and expressed his hope that all are well rested, refreshed and ready to engage the new year. He was confident that MFMR staff will plan diligently, work out realistic timelines, adhere religiously to such timelines and avoid falling behind on set targets  for 2014. Missed targets results in wasted resources that must be avoided at all times. The Hon. Minister is confident that MFMR staff will always put our nation first in all that they do in order to improve the well-being of all our people, in line with the stated goals of our national agenda for soci-economic transformation as set out in Vision 2030. He elaborated on several key themes for 2014 as summarized below
  • Work Ethics:  Staff members to comply with employment conditions, core values and working as a team. 
  • Working Environment: Create a conducive working environment as well as a strong institutional culture by adhering to the general chain of command and by supporting and respecting each other. Grievance procedures should be used as a corrective and not a punitive tool.
  • Loyalty and Team Work: Portray a good image of our ministry at all times.
  • Accountability and Productivity: Improve planning and efficient resource utilization by managing our scares resource (finance and time) for the optimum benefit of our country.
  • Integrity: Instil core values of self respect and respect for others within our households and working environment, to stand up against Gender Based Violence (GBV) and to refrain from alcohol and drug abuse.
Part of the audience in attendance
 Hon. Esua further challenged staff members to apply good management and control of the limited financial resources and to ensure successful implementation of Capital Projects within the budget year to prevent the return of funds to Fiscus as it has a negative effect on development. He also encouraged staff members to register for the upcoming national elections. After the Hon. Ministers speech the chairperson. Ms. Ulitala Hivelua opened the floor for discussions.
Mrs. Lucia Haufiku (Deputy Director, IT)actively participating during the open discussion

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