ONGWEDIVA – President Hifikpunye has urged University of Namibia (Unam) graduates to become job creators than wait for job opportunities.
Speaking at the Unam Graduation ceremony at the northern compass last week Pohamba emphasised that the country situation needs innovative creators if the problem of unemployment are to be dealt with.
"I encourage the dear graduates to be innovative, never stop shooting at the moon because if you ever miss your arrow will land amongst the stars. You should not view your degrees as the end of your academic careers.
"I encourage you to study further in order to equip yourselves with more knowledge and skills in your chosen professions. Namibia needs educated professionals whom we can call upon to use their skills to exploit the natural resources that our country is endowed with to develop the country" said Pohamba.
Pohamba said the graduation ceremony signifies the aspirations of young people who have worked with dedication in order to obtain their tertiary qualifications and that demonstrates the government’s success in expanding access to education by building tertiary education facilities in areas where they did not exist before.
A total of 367 students were awarded with certificates, diplomas and degrees in various disciplines during the ceremony.
“I commend the University of Namibia for continuing to equip our young people with knowledge, and thereby build a stronger foundation that accelerates the social and economic development of this country. The strengthening of our human resources through education and training is an important ingredient towards the achievement of goals and objectives of our government,” said Pohamba.
Pohamba further applauded the assistance and support rendered to Unam by various stakeholders and friends from various parts of the world which he says has made it possible to bring about the expansion and modernizations of the tertiary education in Namibia.
“Through our new modern facilities in Namibia is in a position to educate and train professionals such as engineers and doctors who will contribute to the development of this country. The sustained growth of realised by our university over the years since establishment in 1992 was realised through our own efforts, but complemented in a substantial manner by the support from development co-operation partners from around the world. It is also pleasing that our friends from Africa are also continuing to assist us as reliable partners in education,” said Pohamba.
Unam Vice Chancellor Proffessor Lazarus Hangula said the University campuses were not little islands as they are part of communities that are grappling with peculiar challenges.