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Speaking at the official opening of the one-day SPYL leadership training workshop here on Saturday, Ngurare asked the government to make available N.dollars 1 billion from the 2013/2014 national budget to benefit the youth of this country.
“Do not bring consultants for the N.dollars 1 billion; the youth themselves will be consultants, as there are many youth auditors, accountants and economists,” he said.
Ngurare indicated that in the 2010/2011 national budget, the government allocated N.dollars 14 billion to the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG) towards supporting job creation in the long term.
However, he said, N.dollars 6 billion went back to the government coffers while there are still youth with brilliant business ideas but who are wandering the streets due to lack of financial resources to start their businesses.
“There is a need for a big budget to benefit the youth who make up over 50 per cent of the Namibian population,” he said, adding that the youth are the ones who vote in the national elections, not investors!
The 2013/2014 National Budget will be tabled in Parliament during the first half of the year.
Last year’s budget was aimed at allowing Government to stay on course in terms of poverty reduction, enhanced domestic economic development, improved service delivery and accelerated job creation.
Meanwhile, Ngurare urged the government to extend social amenities in the rural areas.
According to the youth leader, statistics have shown that over 62 per cent of the Namibian population live in the rural area, and these people are the strong voters.
“There will be riots in Windhoek if you close down all the toilets, but there are no riots in rural areas where people have to use bushes when nature calls,” he stated.
In addition, Ngurare encouraged the youth to be economic freedom fighters at all times, and urged them to remain united, honest, humble, hard working and focused.