Finance ministry to commence skills audit

The finance ministry is set to start with the rollout of a skills audit for the Inland Revenue Department and Customs and Excise staff in line with the Namibia Revenue Agency reform program.

The audit activities have been slated to commence from the 24th of September this year.

This has been disclosed in an internal memorandum document seen by The Villager which has been sent to the commissioner of inland revenue, permanent secretary Erica Shafudah as well as chairperson of the Namibia Revenue Agency.

The audit is said to extend to essential divisions under the directorate administration affected by the NAMRA reform.
It is also said to be handled by a human resource development provider called Estara Skills Development which has been contracted by the GIZ technical assistance to the ministry.

It will be supported by NAMRA task team members or those assigned by the ministry.

“The activities will entail interaction with all staff members from IRD and Customs and Excise and requires completion of an electronic questionnaire by each staff member with accurate information.”

“All IRD, C&E and affected staff members in important MOF divisions are expected to participate in this exercise. Staff members on leave should make arrangements to participate in the exercise physically or through electronic completion and submission of the audit questionnaire,” reads the document.

The finance minister and the Inland Revenue’s Justus Mwafongwe could not be available for comment while the PS was in a meeting when this publication called for an explanation.

Staff members have also been cautioned that the audit would be mandatory for the transition to NAMRA and the possible retention and redeployment of staff in the public service after the reform