Ueitele worried about youth unemployment

16 Sep 2013 11:00
GOBABIS, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – The Governor of the Omaheke Region, Festus Ueitele has raised concern about the high number of unemployed youths in his region, saying the scenario places a huge burden on the region’s drive towards economic emancipation.
He was speaking on Thursday during the official opening of a two-day youth employment summit here entitled ‘Youth Employment Creation Business Summit’.
Ueitele said youth unemployment presents a major obstacle towards achieving the country’s developmental objectives, such as Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals.
The Omaheke Governor then stressed the need for the youth to equip themselves with proper skills to enable them easy passage into the job market.
He said while Government was doing its level best to cater for the unemployed youths around the country, many youths still find themselves unemployed largely due to a lack of adequate skills to enter the labour force.
“The Labour Force Survey of 2012 report indicates that the problem leading to youth unemployment is not so much the size of the labour market, but the qualifications of the unemployed youths. Most young people are often found wanting in terms of proper skills needed to penetrate the market and are as such often left behind,” said the governor.
Ueitele noted that while the National Development Plan 4 (NDP4) has high ambitions for the country’s youth, many of them may not be absorbed into such ambitions due to the limited skills and qualifications they possess.
The Labour Force Survey of 2012 indicates that a staggering 4 610 youths are unemployed in the Omaheke Region.
The summit, which was organised by the Ounongo Technology Centre (OTC), was aimed at connecting businesspeople with the youth to interrogate various strategies to tackle the high unemployment figures in the region.
Operi Murangi, the founder of the OTC, said recommendations and resolutions from the summit will be forwarded to the relevant authorities and stakeholders to influence future policies on youth unemployment.
“We want Government and all other stakeholders to understand the dynamics that we, as young people, in the regions have to deal with on a daily basis in the face of unemployment. As such, resolutions taken here should not be looked down upon but should rather be used as an indicator when dealing with youth unemployment,” he said.