03 Mar 2016 19:10pm
HENTIES BAY, 03 MAR (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Thursday officiated at the pass-out parade of 489 trainees from the National Youth Service (NYS) Civic Centre at Henties Bay.
The trainees, who are part of the ninth intake for NYS training, completed eight months of the first phase of training, which comprised civic training intended to uplift the general level of discipline amongst recruits; inculcate a sense of patriotism; and develop them into individuals with good physical, mental endurance, exemplary morals, ethical characters and integrity.
The President urged the trainees to apply the training to every aspect of their lives in order to make a difference.
Geingob said 2016 is the year of implementation, the year when all plans need to be put into action and this requires the input of all Namibians, including the trainees.
Use your acquired skills to effectively execute your plans. In so doing you will begin laying the foundation for the qualities that are needed to build the Namibian house, because soon you shall be the owners of the Namibian house and will hold its future in your hands.
The Head of State urged the trainees to be disciplined, patriotic, have exemplary morals and ethics, integrity and most importantly, unity.
Without these qualities we will not be able to attain our aspirations of economic independence and prosperity, said Geingob.
He went on to say without such qualities, Namibia will not be able to become an industrialised nation with formidable workforce of skilled and disciplined individuals.
Before addressing the trainees, Geingob was briefed about the operations of the centre and then toured its hostel and vegetable garden.
Minister of Youth and National Service, Sports and Culture Jerry Ekandjo and his deputy Agnes Tjongarero; the chairperson of the NYS Board Mandela Kapere; Governor of Omusati Erginus Endjala; and Oshana Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa attended the event.
The trainees will now be deployed across the country to various ministries and regional councils to complete the second phase of their training (voluntary work). The last phase of the training comprises skills training.
The voluntary phase takes six months, while the skills training takes another six to 12 months.
After graduation most of the trainees are usually taken in by the Namibian Defence Force, Namibian Police Force and Correctional Service for permanent employment.