PRESIDENT Hage Geingob urged the country’s youth to take advantage of the government’s programs and initiatives that are intended to advance the interests of the youth, adding that the government cannot resolve all of the issues affecting the youth on its own.
The president highlighted this on Friday in commemoration of International Youth Day, which was celebrated under the theme, “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World of All Ages”.
The programs he referred to include the Credit Guarantee Scheme, which provides collateral for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs). He also urged the youth to take advantage of the Skills-based Lending Facility, the Agricultural support initiatives offered by the agriculture ministry and the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Financing Strategy.
Geingob said that the largest percentage of the country’s national budget is dedicated to the development of the youth in the fields of education, agriculture and entrepreneurship, among other fields. Still, he noted that there is a need to prioritise young people to become generational leaders.
In this regard, he emphasised that the youth make up the largest percentage of the Namibian population and said that they should be included in leadership structures so that they can be represented and express their opinions on important subjects.
“Namibian youth should have a primary responsibility to serve as champions for their own development by fully taking part in the socioeconomic development in their communities and the country as a whole. They must devise innovative ideas to use their acquired skills to create innovative business ideas,” Geingob said.
While more effort is required, he said, the country has already made strides in ensuring youth inclusion by appointing young people in the executive and legislative arms of Government. Besides this, he added that the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Services also made commendable efforts through the third National Youth Policy on 21 July 21.