The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service said the construction of the Nkurenkuru Multipurpose Youth Centre in the Kavango West Region is among its critical ongoing priority projects. The ministry’s public relations officer Aina Shikesho said this on Wednesday […]
The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service said the construction of the Nkurenkuru Multipurpose Youth Centre in the Kavango West Region is among its critical ongoing priority projects.
The ministry’s public relations officer Aina Shikesho said this on Wednesday in response to the Freedom March Movement (FMM), a civil society organisation which during a press conference last month demanded that a multipurpose youth resource centre and sports facilities be built in the Kavango West Region.
During that press conference chairperson of the movement, Modestus Kupembona, said the region is the only one that does not have Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service infrastructure.
He complained that the ministry, which is mandated to develop and empower all Namibian youth while promoting sports at all levels, only has one sports officer responsible for eight constituencies in the region.
“Lack of sports and youth facilities has resulted in a lack of developmental skills, high youth unemployment, poor participation in sports, high rate of teenage pregnancies and alcohol and drug abuse,” he said.
According to Shikesho, the ministry, through a donation, received a plot in Nkurenkuru which it fenced off during the 2018/19 financial year.
“The ministry temporarily halted the project due to the low budget ceiling allocated to the capital project. Additionally, during the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period of 2018/19 to 2019/20, Cabinet directed all ministries to halt the construction of new projects due to the global economic crisis,” she said.
She said the ministry has however during the current MTEF period of 2022/23 submitted a budget provision of N. dollars 7 million for the 2023/24 financial year and N.dollars 10 million for the subsequent financial year.
Source: The Namibian Press Agency