Support youth empowerment not only dogs: Ngurare

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.

‘’We 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. There are companies that have budgets for dogs, so has the City of Windhoek,’’ he said during the opening of the SPYL Central Committee meeting here on Saturday.

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.

Ngurare said black economic empowerment (BEE), which has not been visible in Namibia for the past 24 years, should now become a reality, and should include the youth from villages to accomplish Governments’ policy for rural development in Namibia.

He also advocated for the empowerment of youth living in informal settlements to become ‘tenderpreneurs’, saying every citizen has the right to a decent living standard.

The youth leader then called on SPYL members to advocate and find solutions to address the lack of sanitation in the country.

Ngurare also commended members for their achievements in their respective jobs as well as on party level, adding that the Swapo party is a ‘ladder’ for economic freedom, and SPYL members should not lose focus in the fight for youth empowerment in Namibia.

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.

Regional conferences hosted by the movement already took place, and events will continue in other regions before the end of this month.

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.

SOURCE: NAMPA