While some youths squat in front of government demanding for jobs, Oshana region’s youths, have taken the initiative by requesting from farming land to start a poultry farm from a N$10 000 donation by the National Youth Service (NYS).
The donation was made in July in Eloolo where the Eloolo Young Achievers youth group, confirmed that they will start the project as soon as the land is available and they would be able to provide income for themselves.
Village headman, Johannes Shimwandi met with the youth representatives to discuss land provision which has been approved. “The youth will have a chance to impact a small part of the Namibian economy by producing a primary product,” said Shimwandi.
The money donated will be used to purchase the material need to start up the farm. The Eloolo community has also donated chickens to help the project get off the ground.
This is part of the National Youth Service’s social responsibility, and is part of the three phase training programme to the Namibian youth for free. Other youths take part in Civic Training, National Voluntary Service and Skills Training.
Meanwhile, President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on the youth in the Kunene Region to join the Kunene Regional Youth Forum and benefit from the assistance channelled to it by Government. The call was made during the official opening of the two-day Kunene Regional Youth Enterprise Expo at Khorixas on Friday, in a speech read on Pohamba’s behalf by Kunene Regional Governor Josua //Hoebeb. “Government supports the Kunene Regional Youth Forum through the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture and the National Youth Council, and by extension of its general membership; financially, on an annual basis. This enables the Kunene Regional Youth forum to carry out activities, programmes and projects for the benefit and good of the youth,” said Pohamba. The governor explained that the youth forum is an organisation mandated to represent, articulate and promote the diverse interests and aspirations of young people in the Kunene Region. Pohamba further said it makes him proud to be leading a wise generation with a vision to go forward. “It is a good sign to see young people from the Kunene Region taking ownership of their developmental needs. I urge you to stand up and approach relevant authorities as Namibia is a country of open-door policies,” he noted.
Additional reporting Nampa