Private sector should avail funds towards youth empowerment instead of spending money on protecting animals, Elijah Ngurare says

WINDHOEK: The private sector should avail funds towards youth empowerment, instead of spending money on protecting animals, especially dogs, the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary, Elijah Ngurare says.

He said during the opening of the SPYL Central Committee meeting in the capital yesterday they must create a society for the protection of young people, instead of a SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) that only protects animals against cruelty, like the City of Windhoek.

Ngurare also appealed to traditional authorities and regional councils to avail land for agricultural purposes to the youth countrywide, saying this will contribute towards the creation of jobs and skills, nutrition and food security in Namibia.

He said the development of informal settlements should be high on the agenda of the SPYL, because there is an urgent need to improve the living standards of squatters countrywide.

The majority of disadvantaged youth live in informal settlements, and are the majority of the population who are the hardest hit by the many social challenges faced by society.

Meanwhile, Ngurare said history will be made when the Swapo-Party Pioneers’ Movement hold its first congress on 17 August 2014 at Oshikuku in the Omusati Region.

The Pioneers’ Movement was started by the Swapo Tanga Congress of 1969 to 1970 in Tanzania, and is aimed at encouraging young people between the ages of six and 17 to take part in decision-making processes.