NYWA and NOYD call for support for kidnapped girls

31 May 2014 14:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - The president of the National Young Women Association (NYWA) Hallo Angala says the association sympathises with the more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram.
The Islamist rebel group abducted the girls from a school in the town of Chibok in April, demanding a swap of detained extremists for the girls from the Nigerian government.
Angala was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 10-day workshop for executive members of the NYWA and the National Organisation for Youth with Disabilities (NOYD) in Swakopmund on Friday
“We call on all other African countries to show solidarity and support to Nigeria as they continue the fight to get the girls back. I also want to ask our Namibian leaders to continue maintaining political stability and democracy. We are fortunate enough to be a democratic society and to not face some challenges faced by other countries,” she said.
Echoing her sentiments, NOYD chairperson Haivera Marcellus called on the Nigerian government to ensure that the girls are returned to their homes safely.
“It is a shame that they took innocent girls away from their families and school. We know the girls are going through a hard time wherever they are, but we need to have them back home,” Marcellus said.
On his part, National Youth Council (NYC) board member Armas Amukwiyu said “these heartless men must bring back the girls to be educated and develop Nigeria and other African countries.”
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Thursday reported that Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to wage 'total war' against Boko Haram.
“With the support of Nigerians, our neighbours and the international community, we will reinforce our defence, free our girls and rid Nigeria of terrorists,” Jonathan was quoted as saying.
Amukwiyu also used the opportunity to thank Namibian political leaders for maintaining democracy and urged young leaders to emulate the good example they set, as well as to “jealously guard” political stability and democracy.
On a different topic, he said the training of people with disabilities, especially youth in Namibia, is very important.
He gave his assurance that the NYC will make sure they always receive priority when it comes to availing resources.
“We will forever avail the little available resources to you as for a long time you have been neglected,” he informed the members at the event.
Ten new executive members of the NYWA elected in November 2013 from various regions, joined by nine executive members of the NOYD, were trained on leadership and governance amongst other topics during the workshop.
They are in the process of drafting five-year strategic plans to help them achieve certain goals set with regards to gender-based violence and advocating for equal opportunities for youth with disabilities.