Eenhana Junior Mayor suggests youth to influence decisions

08 Jul 2013 13:00
ONGWEDIVA, 08 JUL (NAMPA) ? Junior Mayor of the northern town of Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region, Edwarde Naikaku, says it is important that the youth, as future leaders, engage in leadership activities at ground level.
Naikaku said this in his acceptance speech during the commissioning of the first-ever Junior Council of Eenhana held at that town last Thursday.
He told the commissioning ceremony that the youth will be able to prepare themselves on how to face endless challenges of life once they are involved in leadership engagements.
At the same time, Naikaku pledged his Junior Council?s commitment towards being responsible citizens of Namibia.
?What is required from us now is a new era of thinking and acting as people with responsibility,? Naikaku stated, adding that members of the Eenhana Junior Council will further take part in the town?s youth activities which the town council is going to assign them to.
As junior councillors, Naikaku said, they will try to engage learners by visiting them at schools in and around Eenhana to discuss and educate them on HIV/AIDS-related issues, teenage pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse, and child abuse.
According to Naikaku, the Eenhana Junior Council will also educate the learners on activities and responsibilities of the Eenhana Town Council and to motivate them to keep their schools and the entire town tidy.
?The implementation of all our projects will be done within the framework of the vision, mission and mandate of the Eenhana Town Council,? the head of the inaugural Eenhana Junior Council said.
Giving a motivation speech during the said inauguration, Ongwediva Junior Mayor Rosalia Iita emphasised that the youth, as per Article 12 of the Convention of the Rights of Children, have the right to participate in decision-making processes which may be relevant in their lives.
Iita believes it is the right of the youth/children to influence decisions taken on their behalf within the family setup, schools and community.
The Ongwediva Junior Mayor also noted that well-informed, educated and self-confident youth involved in decisions that affect them are better prepared to face social challenges such as HIV/AIDS, peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse, crime, unemployment and other community challenges.
The other members of the inaugural Eenhana Junior Council are Rakel Nampolo (Deputy Mayor), Sebulon Shuudeni (Chief Executive Officer), Julia Shikongo (Secretary), Emma Naulindu (Deputy Secretary), Anna Mutwa (Public Relations Officer), and Ineekela Ashipala (Deputy Public Relations Officer).