20 Jul 2013 04:50
ONDANGWA, 20 JUL (NAMPA) The Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture has called on recruits of the National Youth Service (NYS) to grab the opportunity provided by the institutions civic training to become assets, and not burdens, for future generations.
Youth Minister Jerry Ekandjo made the call at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region where he officiated at, and for the first time as minister responsible for youth affairs, witnessed the official opening of the NYS Civic Training on Friday.
The NYS initially enlisted 504 unemployed young people from all 13 regions of the country for its seventh civic training intake, which commenced at Ondangwa last month.
Five of the recruits have however received employment elsewhere and as a result, the number of recruits currently undergoing the three-month civic training has dropped to 499.
Ekandjo said the recruitment of the 499 young people for the seventh intake has brought the number of youth who have benefitted from the NYS training programme since August 2008 to 3 599.
I am encouraging you to work hard and be ambassadors, and most importantly, to be inspiring to the Namibian youth who will wish to join NYS in the future, he stated while addressing the NYS recruits.
He then reminded the youths that laziness does not pay and that a lazy nation is a poor nation.
As our future leaders, the success and existence of Namibia lies in your hands. It is up you to make the best of it, Ekandjo noted.
He told the audience that the NYS, as part of its five-year strategic plan, is in the process of establishing various projects around the country ranging from aquaculture and livestock farming to agriculture projects.
These projects are envisaged to promote employment for young people, the Youth Minister pointed out.
Speaking at the same event, NYS Commissioner Onesmus Upindi indicated that the civic training aims to uplift the general level of discipline amongst the recruits, inculcate a sense of patriotism among the trainees and develop the youth into, amongst others, individuals with physical and ethical characters.
Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa, Oshikoto Regional Governor Penda Ya Ndakolo and chairperson of the NYS Board of Directors, Mandela Kapere, also attended the official opening.