High unemployment is a "ticking time bomb": Namwadi

07 Sep 2013 07:00
KEETMANSHOOP, 07 SEP (NAMPA) - Namibians should not abuse their freedom of expression by always complaining, but rather use it to make great things happen for themselves, Education Minister, Dr David Namwandi said on Friday.
He was speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony of the University of Namibia’s (Unam) Southern Campus in Keetmanshoop.
Namwandi urged all able Namibians to make an effort to contribute to economic development and job creation through freedom of expression, instead of just complaining about what they do not have and what has gone wrong.
The minister also expressed disapproval over the high unemployment rate in the country, especially among young people, saying the country has enough resources to be used for employment creation.
“We can no longer afford to train youth for the street. High unemployment in this country is a 'ticking time bomb'. We must change our mindset and make a change,” Namwandi stressed.
He further said the establishment of the southern Unam campus is a clear testimony of Government’s aim to achieve Vision 2030, and subsequently improve the living standards of the Namibian nation.
Namwandi said better-educated people the country have higher chances of innovation and industrialisation to create jobs and economic development.
“We will empower our people with knowledge and skills for economic prosperity,” the education minister said.
Namwandi also used the opportunity to remind the nation that Unam’s Southern Campus is not for people of the south only, but is for everyone in the country.
He used the opportunity to once again request local companies and individuals to meet Government halfway in the construction of the southern campus.