Uutoni to address youth unemployment

28 Feb 2018 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) - Minister of Youth, Sports and National Service, Erastus Uutoni said he has identified issues within his ministry that hinder youth employment.
After a closed-door meeting with President Hage Geingob at State House on Wednesday, Uutoni told the local media that Government has put up proper programmes that would generate income, especially for youth services.
“These programmes were delegated to institutions like the National Youth Council but the problem my colleagues and I have discovered is a lack of planning, commitment, and vigour [with] work,” he said.
He emphasised that one of the projects which the youth can make an income from is Farm Rietfontein, where the National Youth Service has a training centre.
Uutoni said that Rietfontein has “enough grass” that can be mowed and dried to make hay, which the youth can sell.
“This year is a drought-stricken year and we have a number of regions that do not have enough grass. If the youth are employed to sell this hay we can make a lot of money but this grass is there while we have the machines to cut and the trucks to transport,” he noted.
Uutoni said his ministry will look at some of the projects within the agricultural sector and see how they can be revived.
“There are also other farms with enough water for crop plantation or seed production,” he said, adding that Namibia currently buys seeds from other countries.
The minister also said that he is aware of challenges like inadequate finance.
“You would want to speedily implement some projects but due to financial constraints you have to go at a slow speed,” he stated.
The meeting came after Geingob raised concerns about youth unemployment.