Uutoni calls for a self-sustainable NYS

The Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service has called on leadership of the National Youth Service (NYS) to turn around the institution and make it financially self-sustainable.

Erastus Uutoni was speaking on Friday at the official handing over of the institution's phase two multimillion dollar constructed centre of the NYS at Rietfontien situated between Kombat and Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The newly completed training facility include workshop rooms, clinic, computer laboratory, nine classrooms, four staff-rooms, four accommodation blocks of eight hundred trainees and a sport stadium.

The modern centre was funded and constructed by the Chinese.

Uutoni at the event said the centre has a primary duty of civic training of the Namibian youths, with a goal to instil a sense of patriotism in them.

The minister said the centre needs to be fully utilised and also offer strong courses in vocational skills training and development by recruiting trainees from the 14 regions.

Uutoni wants to see this same NYS centre at Rietfontein venturing into real profitable businesses of manufacturing and agriculture, so that the graduate trainees from the institution can be employed to work in those two sectors.

I don't want to hear complaints of less funding from Government while this centre has plenty of resources, vast arable land, agricultural implements and capable labour force of your own trained students. I want to see the centre become self-sustainable and self-sufficient, he said.

Uutoni further cautioned the leadership of the centre against laziness, saying he expects innovation, committed agriculturists and manufacturers on mass production.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the NYS, George Likukela at the event said the centre as from 2020, it will be able to recruit a total of 1 500 trainees a year.

The Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yimimg on his part at the event said the Government of the Republic of Namibia and Government of the People's Republic of China will continue to work together and bring about the much needed corporation, social economic and infrastructural developments to both nations.

He said the construction of this new modern training centre at NYS is a clear testimony of the good existing relationship between the two countries as the projects of this phase one and two were all funded by the Chinese Government at a cost over N.dollars 274 million with an interest free loan and a grant.

The construction activities started in 2013 to 2015 for phase one, and phase two from October 2017 to August 2019.

Source: Namibia Press Agency