Regional youth leaders hold question and answer session with PM

02 Jul 2017 16:20pm
TSUMEB, 02 JUL (NAMPA) - Regional youth representatives from the 14 regions under the National Youth Council (NYC) Saturday held a question and answer session with Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila at Tsumeb.
Forty-six regional youth leaders, affiliate youth organisations and NYC Executive Chairperson Mandela Kapere attended the two-day Fourth Representative Council meeting, which started Friday and ended Saturday.
The question and answer session kicked off shortly after the PM’s keynote address.
Chairperson of the Kavango East Regional Youth Forum, Josef Ortmann wanted to know why some teachers who allegedly impregnated school girls in the Kavango East Region, resigned from their schools and got jobs at schools in other regions.
The PM agreed with Ortmann on the issue and said Government has already taken a decision to create an automated centralised database about all teachers in the country.
This database will also assist the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to identify such teachers and bar them from getting employment elsewhere in the country.
Herman Walter Rurtz of the Namibia National Students’ Organisation asked the PM whether it is possible to have a 40 per cent quota representation of young people in political and Government positions.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said it might be a big challenge to attach a figure to jobs for young people at any political or Government platform.
“But we will continue to mentor and provide internships to young people,” she said.
Another youth leader, Tona Tjienda of the Young Men Association, asked why the Government Institutions’ Pension Fund does not involve regional youth forums in the construction of affordable houses.
The PM said this can be done as long as the organisations are well organised and operate like the Shack Dwellers’ Federation of Namibia.
She urged young people to take up issues of this nature with the NYC.
Spokesperson of the National Unity Democratic Organisation Youth League, Kanguana Muatjitjeja asked what mechanisms or plans Government have to tackle youth unemployment.
The Premier said Government will continue to establish industrial and manufacturing policies and programmes aimed at creating jobs in the industrial sectors for unemployed young people.
“There is not a country that prospered and reduced unemployment without venturing into industrial and manufacturing business,” she said.
The regional youth organisations also had the opportunity to report on their past activities, including financial reports and presentations of their annual plans for the 2017/18 financial year.