Social Security Commission (SSC) officially inaugurated a new service centre in Mariental last Friday.
Advocate Vicki ya Toivo who unveiled the plaque on behalf of the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka, said since independence, Government has striven to establish institutions and programmes geared towards the improvement of living conditions of every Namibian.
“The provision of various forms of social security benefits is recognised worldwide as a key indicator of the degree to which a society cares for its people,” she added.
Also speaking at the same occasion, SSC CEO, Kenandei Tjivikua, said it was the commission’s resolve to give life to Central Government’s policy of decentralisation and bringing services closer to the people.
“I have to point out these exciting developments take place in the context of an increased commitment by the Namibian government to reduce poverty and social inequalities, as well as a heightened global momentum to establish and maintain national floors of social protection,” he said.
He added a major international development in the pursuit of sustainable coverage extension has been adopted by the International Labour Organisation of the Recommendation No. 202 of 2012 concerning national social protections floors.
“The adoption of this recommendation recognises the human right to social security is an investment that helps overcome extreme poverty, reduces social inequalities, promotes equal opportunities and empowers people,” said Tjivikua.
According to him, since its opening in August this year, the Mariental office has already served more than 2 200 clients and the monthly number of clients have since ranged between 2 120 and 190 while over 150 good standing certificates have been issued.
Tjivikua pledged his commitment of his staff and urged them to ensure they renew the SSC’s commitment to continue delivering world-class customer service to every client.