Botswana: Morupisi Rallies Officers

| February 23, 2016

By Kebaeditse Baitlotli

Molepolole - The Permanent Secretary to the President, Mr Carter Morupisi , says through a united force, Batswana can positively benefit from the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) .

Addressing Kweneng District public officers in Molepolole on February 19, Mr Morupisi said public officers' active participation in driving the ESP can help government achieve its intended goal. Mr Morupisi called for mindset change by public officers for positive implementation of the programme and be able to reach Batswana at large.

He advised procurement and supplies officers to be vigiliant so that the programme can be a success.

He also stressed that ESP was private sector - led and therefore it was the responsibility of implementers to see to it that local businesses were given the support to be able to create employment opportunities for Batswana. He urged the leadership in the district to see to it that PPADP standards were adhered to and ensured that jobs were distributed equitably to small local businesses or groups.

He said public officers through consultation with Bakwena communities, should identify unique features that could be used especially for the tourism industry in the district.

On the issues raised by Molepolole IHS deputy school principal Ms Bakhola Motswagole, on how the ESP programme intended to address school project component left out during construction of the institution, such as the borehole and staff accommodation, Mr Morupisi said there was nothing much to address arguing that the project was affected by maladministration that hindered some project components and therefore advised the school management to consider intake reduction in the meantime until the situation was normalised.

The deputy school head had also indicated that the delay in construction of the borehole led to shortage of water supply at IHS that could be used for operating air conditioners.

Meanwhile, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC ) director Ms Rose Seretse called on public officers to guard against any sign of corruption in their respective department, saying escalation of prices was a cause for concern as they were deliberately made to benefit certain companies at the expense of most deserving ones. She further called for scrutiny of company directors to avoid situations where same individuals were unfairly made to benefit.

The DCEC urged accounting officers to ensure constant monitoring of projects to have firsthand information about projects status before payment could be released.

The permanent secretary in the ministry of Education and Skills development Mr Richard Matlhare said in an effort to reduce the high unemployment rate currently facing the over 15 000 graduates and the youth, his ministry was considering the re-skilling, re-scaling and the re-tooling for on the job training targeting 20 000 youth for starters. He said they are currently working with the Human Resource Development Council HRDC to help map a way forward on how carried out the project.

He advised Batswana to understand that the ESP programe was not meant to address the existing needs in all the areas "ga se makgona tsotlhe", adding that some project were catered for under the National Development Plan.

Mr Matlhare was responding to concerns raised by Mphuthe Junior School head Mr Lazarus Gadiinewe who had wanted to know what the programme had for his school especially in addressing the disability needs in the school.

Source : BOPA

Category: Uncategorized

Comments are closed.