Govt must create employers: Ekandjo

01 May 2016 16:40pm
GOBABIS, 01 MAY (NAMPA) - Government must not educate young people to seek employment but rather equip them with the necessary skills and assistance to be self-dependent and become employers.
This was said by Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Jerry Ekandjo during his familiarisation visit to the Gobabis Multipurpose Youth Centre on Wednesday.
In light of this, the ministry is planning on building Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) in all 14 regions, strictly for those who only have a Grade 10 qualification or lower.
“We are not saying the youth must not be employed, but they should also be employers. Where will young people go who do not meet the requirements to study at tertiary institutions go? We must do something for them,” said Ekandjo.
He proposed that the VTC must focus on areas such as training of security and safety personnel to be deployed at government institutions such as schools, clinics and hospitals.
“The training must be civic training and it must ensure that those who are trained are well disciplined. They should also receive additional training to be able to be armed,” the minister stated.
Ekandjo further noted that government spends a lot of money on private security service providers, which can be resourced and directed towards employment creation and the economic emancipation of young people.
He added that other trades such as carpentry, welding, sewing and hospitality will also be considered.
Meanwhile, Ekandjo explained that the training will be conducted over six months to a year. After completing their training, the graduates will receive certificates and will be required to establish a company, for which funds ranging between N.dollars 5000 and N.dollars 100 000 will be loaned, depending on the nature of the business.
The funds will be sourced from a credit scheme, Ekandjo said.
The minister’s visit formed part of his familiarisation trip of government entities falling under his jurisdiction in the Omaheke and Hardap regions.