Minister on a quest to fight social issues in the country

WINDHOEK: Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana is on a quest to fight social issues in the country, including teenage pregnancy, baby dumping and unemployment.

She made the announcement during the opening of the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Central Committee (CC) meeting on Saturday, highlighting other social issues such as drugs and alcohol abuse, gender-based violence, the mushrooming of shebeens and the high suicide rate.

Iivula-Ithana said she is on a crusade, and is visiting secondary schools, talking to boys and girls about teenage pregnancies and baby dumping.

She further stated that the mushrooming of shebeens in every household has negative effects on learners and their ability to study towards a better future, adding that skills’ shortages and a lack of employment opportunities amongst the youth is a huge problem in Namibia.

The minister also discouraged SPYL members from running businesses through shebeens.

The former Swapo-Party Secretary-General also advised the youth to take good care of their parents, and asked learners to respect their teachers and elders.

The youth were furthermore told to continue fostering a sense of common purpose for the Namibian people as well as combat the worsening habits of tribalism, sexism, chauvinism and similar phenomena, which cripple the progress and growth of the nation.