Peace is not boring so appreciate it: Geingob

04 Mar 2016 12:10pm
HENTIES BAY, 04 MAR (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has urged the youth to be vigilant and guard against being influenced by those whose motive is to break down the foundations of what their parents and grandparents fought for.
Officiating at the ninth intake pass-out parade of 489 trainees from the National Youth Service (NYS) Civic centre at Henties Bay on Wednesday, Geingob encouraged the youth to appreciate what they may perceive as mundane.
“Some may say peace is boring, but for some of us who have experienced first-hand, the afflictions of war, I say to you, better the peace you know than the war you do not know. To tear down and rebuild this Namibian house again may take forever.”
He noted that young Namibians have access to international news and have seen how bad the living conditions are in war torn countries.
“There are several hotspots where we are witnessing whole families displaced, with people fleeing their homelands to look for shelter and safety elsewhere. The same things they lost through civil wars. Let us ensure that such scenes remain only in the far distance and not on our own doorstep.”
Geingob said the nation must continue to focus on the positives, adding peace is the key to a prosperous future and the only war to be concerned about is the war against poverty.
“Let us focus on continuing where those that never wavered left off, by building a house which will stand proud amongst other houses-a symbol of a peaceful, united and prosperous family which is the Namibian family.”
The 489 trainees from the NYS Civic centre at Henties Bay completed the first phase, which is eight months of civic training.
Civic training is intended to uplift the general level of discipline amongst recruits; inculcate a sense of patriotism and develop the youth into individuals with good physical and mental endurance, exemplary morals, ethical characters and integrity.
They will now be deployed across the country to different ministries and regional councils to complete the second phase of voluntary work and then later do the last part, which is skills training before they graduate.
The voluntary phase takes six-months while the skills training takes another six or 12 months.
After graduation, most NYS trainees are usually absorbed by the Namibian Defence Force, Namibian Police Force and Correctional Services for permanent employment, while others find jobs elsewhere.