Uirab receives backing for NAC task

08 March 2019 | Government

The newly appointed CEO of the Namibia Airports Company, Bisey /Uirab, has the full backing of his line minister, John Mutorwa, public enterprises minister Leon Jooste and board chairman Leake Hangala.

/Uirab's contract as Namibia Ports Authority CEO expires in less than two months.

When he introduced /Uirab to NAC staff this week, Hangala assured the new CEO of his support and said he would provide the stability needed by the company.

“/Uirab joins the NAC when the upgrade of Hosea Kutako International Airport [is under way]. I can assure you that we will be a good board,” Hangala said.

He warned, though, that the NAC board would take action if there was the slightest indication of non-performance.

“We will not compromise on good corporate governance. If management or the employees slack, we will come in,” Hangala said.

Mutorwa, for his part, encouraged /Uirab to acquaint himself with the operations of the NAC.

“Congratulations on your deserved appointment. I know that you have 53 days to round of at Namport.

Please be advised that some of the documents you must read are NAC policy documents, including the Airports Company Act of 1998,” Mutorwa said.

/Uirab said he was ready to serve.

“I am coming into this role to serve the people of Namibia. We shall hold hands to execute our mandate to the fullest,” /Uirab said.

As one of his immediate tasks, /Uirab said he would improve corporate governance while improving staff morale too.

Mutorwa encouraged the NAC board and staff members to rally behind /Uirab.

/Uirab will receive a N$2.1 million pay package, which includes a N$120 000 basic monthly salary, N$8 000 monthly housing allowance, N$10 000 entertainment allowance and N$7 000 monthly medical aid contribution.

The NAC has been without a CEO following the suspension of Egyptian national Tamer El Kallawi in 2017.

El Kallawi's suspension was followed by the appointment of acting CEO Lot Haifidi.

Haifidi resigned shortly after his appointment and was succeeded by former presidential spokesperson Albertus Aochamub, who acted as CEO until August 2018.

That marked the return of Haifidi as acting CEO. He is still serving in that position.

Seven people have been appointed to head the NAC since 2012, including Ben Biwa, who was appointed in 2012, current NAC executive Toska Sem, and government attorney Matti Asino, who both served in an acting capacity.

The list is completed by El Kallawi, Aochamub, current acting CEO Haifidi and /Uirab.

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