New Era (Windhoek)

27 February 2013

Namibia: Lucia Eenhana?s First Junior Councilor

Eenhana — Lusia Emma Naulindu (20), a trainee at the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre, (EVTC), has become the first junior councilor of the Eenhana Town Councilor for whom the rest of the Junior Councilor are still to be elected.

The occasion was attended by trainees and learners from various schools here. The idea of an Eenhana Junior Council has been mooted for the sole purpose of making the voices of the youths heard in aspects concerning the future of the town and especially its youths. The Council shall consist of learners from several schools and training centres here. The Council shall consist of eight ordinary members and five executive members.

"The youths of Eenhana town are not immune to challenges facing other regions in Namibia and the world today. Social challenges such as peer pressure, drugs and alcohol abuse, child abuse, crime, unemployment and HIV and Aids are but some to the challenges to mention a few. We as residents in Eenhana believe that well-informed, educated and self-confident young people, when involved in decisions that affect them, will be better prepared to face these social challenges," says the town's Chief Executive Officer, Walde Ndevashiya, encouraging, Lusia to work hard and build a strong foundation for the Eenhana Junior Council as the first newly elected junior councilor in town. Other elections are currently being conducted in other schools here.

Lusia pledges to be a catalyst for social innovations in her efforts to tackle challenges such as unemployment, crime and service delivery in Eenhana town which is popularly coined as the "Green Town". "I am really happy to be elected as one of the first junior councilors to represent Eenhana youths, and l promise to advocate for their concerns as youths here. As trainees and students from various schools here, we have many challenges such as accommodation, alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and school drop outs. As youths, we will try our level best to advise our elders to deliver and deliver as advocated by our late Minister of Education, Abraham Iyambo," says Lusia.

She also promises to initiate projects and activities that would offer solutions to create awareness on environmental issues since

Eenhana is also popularly known as the "Green Town" because of its green trees and vegetation.

Lusia further plans at marketing the Eenhana town nationally and international and twining the town with other relevant towns in Europe. "As a newly elected junior councilor, we are here to survive and thrive so that we right the wrongs."

The other council members will be elected before the end of this month where after their and the names will be circulated to all schools and training centres here. The new junior council will be in office for the next two years and will be inaugurated and sworn in at the Magistrate Court at a date to be announced by Ndevashiya soon. Ndevashiya stresses the importance of the junior council as collectively addressing the grievances of the young people and for them to help eliminate social evils and crimes in the town.

Lusia, an orphan, attended the Haimbili Haufiku Senior Secondary School for her Grade 8 to 12. Her interests are meeting new people, having fun, reading motivational books and swimming. She is currently in her first year studying Carpentry and Joinery.

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