NYS receive fish Merlus Fishing Company

22 Jul 2013 11:50
ONDANGWA, 22 JUL (NAMPA) – Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernard Esau on Saturday handed over 20 boxes of fish to the National Youth Service (NYS) Commissioner Onesmus Upindi at the Ondangwa NYS Training Centre in the Oshana Region.
The fish were donated by the Walvis Bay-based Merlus Fishing Company for 499 trainees undergoing a three-month NYS Civic Training course at Ondangwa since June this year.
Speaking whilst handing over the donation, Esau commended the NYS for its continuous training of Namibian youth to become patriotic citizens.
“Let us progress, let us move forward,” Esau urged, while on the other hand calling on the youth of Namibia to take the opportunities created by the NYS to obtain necessary knowledge and skills which would empower them to be able to contribute to the development of the country.
He also commended the Namibia Defence Force (NDF) for contributing to NYS programmes with its involvement in each of the NYS Civic Training courses, and at the same time urged other public and private institutions to follow suit.
Esau said the NYS has been in existence for quite some time, and it has thus far produced a number of young Namibians who now provide patriotic services, even at the offices and agencies of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.
The minister suggested that NYS recruits be exposed to services in the public and private sector, like fishing and mining to gain vast experience.
On his part, Upindi pointed out that the NYS came into force in 2005 with an aim to create opportunities of skills development and to encourage voluntarism among young Namibians of up to 35 years of age.
Youth, National Services, Sports and Culture Minister Jerry Ekandjo officially opened the seventh NYS Civic Training course last Friday.