Government should vigorously address youth unemployment: Murorua

12 Apr 2017 21:00pm
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) – The Namibian Government should urgently address youth unemployment and skills development, United Democratic Front of Namibia (UDF) vice-president Dudu Murorua said on Wednesday.
Speaking to Nampa after President Hage Geingob delivered his third State of the Nation Address in Parliament, Murorua said Namibia will develop faster if Government were to address the issues of unemployment and skills development among young people.
“If we as Government address these things vigorously then I believe we will take this country very far,” he said.
The UDF VP also suggested that central government provide serviced plots through its local authorities in order for people to build their own houses at their own pace and according to what they can afford.
During his address, Geingob said a key strategy Government is deploying to arrest youth unemployment is the promotion of high quality vocational education and skills training.
He said under the Harambee Prosperity Plan, Government has targeted the increase of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) enrolments to 16 000 students in 2016.
“We have significantly exceeded this target as more than 24 000 students were enrolled in 2016,” the President said.
He noted that all of TVET students benefit from highly subsidised fees, while 80 per cent of all students also benefit from scholarships from the Namibia Training Authority or the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund.