24 May 2013 07:50
ONGWEDIVA, 24 MAY (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba says Namibians prefer to consume rice more than mahangu, yet they are unwilling to ?put on overalls to grow and produce the rice?.
Pohamba said this at a graduation ceremony of the University of Namibia?s (Unam) northern campus at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Thursday.
Twenty-four Namibian students, a Burundian, four Zambians and a Zimbabwean received degrees in engineering at the graduation ceremony. They have been undergoing the training at the Ongwediva campus since 2009.
It was the first-ever engineering graduation for the university.
Pohamba told the audience that engineering is vital in the development of any country.
?Today we talk of engineers. They don?t put on suits but they wear overalls as they perform their duties,? the Namibian leader said.
He said Namibia is growing only small quantities of rice at places like Kalimbeza in the Caprivi Region, because Namibians do not want to wear overalls and engage in agricultural production.
?You can only produce if you are ready to get dirty,? Pohamba stressed.
He told the graduates that they should always bear in mind that the realisation of the goals of Vision 2030 would require their contributions and joint expertise.
?I would like to see you all making your parents, guardians and the whole nation happy by properly utilising the skills and knowledge which you gained during training towards national development activities,? the president said.
The 30 engineering graduates obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Mining Engineering.