Youth challenged to find use for refuse

27 Sep 2017 21:40pm
HENTIES BAY, 27 SEP (NAMPA) - Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr. Becky Ndjoze-Ojo on Wednesday challenged young people to conduct research and find more ways to use refuse in the country.
Officiating at the University of Namibia’s Research and Innovation Day at Sam Nujoma Maritime and Coastal Resources Research Centre in Henties Bay, Ndjoze-Ojo said research should be used to find solutions to issues in life such as unemployment.
“Find a way to put the rubbish to good use apart from recycling. Can you use it to make a business perhaps, I do not know, but as young people you must think and come up with creative ideas.”
She said the rubbish at dumpsites in the country should not only be seen as waste or a place where the less privilege can go and scavenge for food, giving an example of how research was used to establish the use of seaweed to grow mushrooms.
Ndjoze-Ojo further encouraged women in Henties Bay to grow mushrooms in this manner to sell and make money for themselves.
Other research projects which yielded promising results, she said are the Kalimbeza rice project which produces rice for local consumption, the research on the preservation of Oshikundu as a beverage and the invention of Mahangu biscuits.
“These innovative initiatives must be preserved, sustained and replicated, if as a nation, we are to be recognised and be counted as contributing our own bit to the body of knowledge,” she said.
The deputy minister also emphasised that human resources development is the key to the country’s economic growth.
She urged all leaders and academic lecturers in the country to ensure that they produce good people who will take the country a step further.
“When you teach in class make sure that you replicate yourself in your student,” Ndjoze-Ojo said, adding that young people must be visionary and see beyond what is happening now.