01 Apr 2015 21:30pm
OSHAKATI, 01 APR (NAMPA) The newly-elected Junior Mayor of Oshakati, Singo Gomes says his council will focus on education-related issues.
Gomes, a Grade Eight learner from the Cabatana Private School, made these remarks on Wednesday when presenting his acceptance speech during the inauguration of the 2015/2016 Oshakati Junior Council at the town.
He added that his council members will also, amongst others, engage in a campaign aimed at encouraging the towns learners to study hard and produce good school results.
Officially inaugurating the said council, Oshakati Mayor Onesmus Shilunga stated that the Junior Council programme is aimed at exploring leadership potential in the youth, and nurture and equip them with skills on how effectively they can deal with public affairs.
It is worth investing in the youth at an early stage in order to have leaders with vision and determination to work in the interest of our society, he told those present.
Shilunga noted that it is crucial that the Oshakati Junior Council members improve the living standard of the residents and address issues affecting the youth at the town.
These issues, the mayor said, are ranging from alcohol and drug usage among the youth, sexual activities, ill-discipline and unruly behaviour which is reportedly contributing to the youths failure.
Members of the 18-member Oshakati Junior Council on Tuesday elected 15-year-old Gomes, and Aina Nepaya, also 15, as the Junior Mayor and Deputy Junior Mayor, respectively.
Faustina Muleka, Gabriel Shapaka and Emilia Sheya are members of the management committee.