Namibia to cut high wage bill

WINDHOEK, June 6 — Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa on Monday called upon her government’s senior officials to come up with cost effective measures to reduce the country’s extremely high wage bill.

In her statement addressed to Namibian government officials, she noted with great concern her country’s high wage bills which are attributed to personal related costs and direct expenses for service delivery.

According to Kuugongelwa, Namibia’s wage bill-related costs at national level are taking up almost half of the budget, excluding government medical aid costs.

She emphasized the enforcement of some cost savings measures which include limiting overtime to extremely critical and unavoidable cases, managing of domestic and foreign trips by staff members, by allowing only trips where presence of local staff is an acute necessity, filling of vacancies and creation of new posts only necessary. – XINHUA