Onawa ya Kiliana — The Founding Father of the Nation, Dr Sam Nujoma, has urged the youth to concentrate on entrepreneurship and innovation as they are the catalysts for economic growth.
While giving a public lecture at the 12 May Movement event held over the weekend at Onawa ya Kiliana village of Okatana, Nujoma urged the youth to come up with viable business ideas that would create wealth and employment opportunities for the unemployed.
In his public lecture titled, 'Namibian Youth and the Struggle for Namibia's Economic Independence,' Nujoma said Namibia is blessed with underutilised natural resources and it is time for the youth to make a concrete effort to ensure that such resources are economically utilised for the Namibian people.
The Founding President maintained that Vision 2030 and the cultivation of entrepreneurship should go hand in hand with information communication technology (ICT) as it presents numerous viable opportunities that could be explored by the youth for the benefit of all Namibian citizens.
Nujoma said the struggle for economic independence is more difficult than the liberation struggle and it is for that reason that the youth should be equipped with adequate knowledge and skills in order to make a meaningful contribution to the country's socio-economic development.
He further lectured the youth on the importance of the promotion of cultural values, norms and traditions as well as respect for elders, maintaining that these are the aspects that determine and serve as a foundation for strong national identity.
"I am concerned about the accounts of misbehaviour and criminal activities carried out by some of our youth. Surely a crime-ridden generation such as this cannot become future leaders. I therefore urge all of our youth to avoid engaging in negative behaviour, including alcohol and drug abuse, and start contributing to the development of our country," said Nujoma.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba who delivered the keynote address at the 12 May Movement event, also spoke about the increase in criminal activities, particularly among the youth.
President Pohamba said the increase in violent crimes that include murder, rape and other sorts of abuse against adult women and girls are a disturbing trend.
Pohamba called upon the Namibian nation to stand together in combating crime so that Namibian women and children can once again conduct their lives without fear of violence. The President also called upon men who are responsible for personally abusing women to stop such deeds.
"As Swapo Party, we must condemn in the strongest possible terms violence against women, children and the elderly. Indeed members of our Parliament should extend their full support to the ongoing campaign against the abuse of weak and vulnerable members of our society. We cannot talk of development when some members of our society are making it difficult for our women and children to live in peace without fear," said Pohamba.
The two leaders were speaking during the second 12 May Movement event, held at Okatana on Sunday. The first event of this nature was held last year in Swakopmund.
The movement that coincides with the Founding President's birthday is an initiative by the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) and is intended to celebrate the life of Nujoma, promote his philosophy and preserve his legacy.
The event, which was very well organised by the youth was also attended by a number of cabinet ministers and deputy ministers, ambassadors, governors, regional councillors and traditional leaders, among others.