PDM demands creation of youth employment

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) says unemployment, especially among the youth folk in Namibia, is real and would degenerate into depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and mental health issues among young persons.

The party's coordinator in the Ohangwena Region, Hidipo Hamata said this in a media release availed to Nampa here on Thursday.

Although the whole country faces youth unemployment, Hamata says the level of unemployment in Ohangwena Region is worrying and disappointing if not shameful.

I was surprised and dismayed when 6 000 people were invited to an interview for just five vacancies in Ohangwena Region, which sounds very disrespectful and insensitive to the plight of these people, the youthful PDM politician stated.

He is referring to thousands of unemployed people flocked to Ondobe settlement in Ohangwena a few weeks ago to be interviewed for five cleaners' vacant posts in the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) in the region.

According to Hamata, the people wanted the employment desperately and had to use whatever little money they have to attend the interview.

Letting unemployment grow like this way will not only hamper economic growth, but will also destroy our society as many people will opt to involve themselves in criminal activities, he narrated, adding that tension can also occur and result in stress.

Hamata noted that it has been his political party's call for the regional government to work on employment creation schemes through the agriculture, which he said has been proven to be capable of alleviating poverty in the region.

He suggested the regional council to come up with a stakeholders' meeting to discuss on how to deal with unemployment in Ohangwena.

Hamata said the PDM considers the youth as the backbone of the country's economic growth, plays a major role in shaping the country toward prosperity and as such, they must be treated as equal economic players.

This, he said, can be done by creating opportunities to grow the economy through agriculture, aquaculture and tourism.

The regional government should by all means divert its resources to help create employment opportunities through agriculture, demanded Hamata.

Source: Namibia Press Agency