By: Selma Taapopi
Namibians have an opportunity to name one of the biggest public service offices in Windhoek.The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security is seeking the public's assistance in giving a name to its newly built state of the art headquarters located in Windhoek north, on the corner of Hosea Kutako Drive and Harvey Street.
The ministry relocated to the new office on 1st February 2022 from its old office which was in Independence Avenue.
The ministry's Chief Public Relations , Margaret Kalo told News on One that since independence the ministry has been operating from its old office in the city center, which was known as the Cohen building.
Kalo stated the Ministry felt it necessary to engage the wider public for proposals on possible names for its new headquarters in order to give the public a sense of ownership as the new office also belongs to them.
"So we thought to ourselves, why not, why can we not call on the members of the public. It's their building. It is where everything is happening. Where their services are being offered, why can we not engage them. Why can't we give them an opportunity so that they can have the sense of ownership," noted Kalo.
Unfortunately, Kalo said there won't be any rewards ; instead public members should take pride in the building which belongs to everyone.
Kalo requested the public to be creative in suggesting names for the building, adding that they should avoid providing names that contain specific claims, names that are controversial , offensive or that infringe on the trade names .
The winner's name will be displayed on the inauguration plaque of the ministry's headquarters.