Ongwediva junior mayor says youngsters should learn from OATF

29 Aug 2016 07:10am
ONGWEDIVA, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – Young people should use the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) to learn how to successfully start and manage a business, Ongwediva junior mayor Paulina Hambata said on Sunday.
She was speaking during the official opening of the trade fair at the Ongwediva Trade Centre.
The OATF is in an initiative of the Ongwediva Town Council to create opportunities for the facilitation of trade and business links between entrepreneurs.
It also serves as a platform for businesses to gain exposure for their products and services.
The fair started on 26 August and ends on 03 September.
Hambata also urged financial institutions and other stakeholders such as the town council to play a key role in assisting the youth by investing in their businesses and availing a platform for them to apply their business knowledge.
“It is your responsibility to give back to society in any form that is beneficial to the youth, be it through start-up capital or training in business management in order to be part of something contributing to the youth’s development,” she said.
The junior mayor also expressed concern about youth activism and empowerment, saying young people need to address issues affecting them, themselves.
“It is vital for the youth to believe strongly in political and social change and to work hard to make these changes possible as it is the only way our voices will be heard. We will then be the change that we would like to see,” she urged.
Hambata encouraged other young people to become independent, reserved and strong-minded by taking education and culture seriously as these are two of the most central issues in their lives.