The late Dr Iyambo died in London in the United Kingdom (UK) while on official mission in that country on Saturday, 02 February 2013.
Mandela Kapere, who addressed the media in the capital on Tuesday, described the late Iyambo as an inspiration to many and a symbol of hope and optimism for the Namibian youth.
“The NYC wishes to express to the Namibian youth that as young people we must use the occasion of the passing of Dr Iyambo as a rallying point, in order to strengthen our own patriotic commitment to the advancement of the Namibian society,” he said.
It is a moment for the youth to rededicate themselves to excellence, delivery and above all, faith in the future of Namibia, he stressed.
Kapere stated that Iyambo will be remembered by the youth for having established an enduring legacy based on hard work, dedication and humility.
His achievements as Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources as well as his deployment to the Ministry of Education made Dr Iyambo part of a pioneering team of Namibian leaders who led the ‘Namibianisation’ of the local fishing industry, making him a pioneer in the struggle for economic freedom, he said.
Kapere said Iyambo is also a noted marine conservationist of international repute and has endeared himself with Namibian people with his tireless campaign to ensure food security by way of the production, processing and marketing of Namibian fish products.
He said in recent times, the late Dr Iyambo worked tirelessly to engender a sense of unity of purpose in regards to the education of the nation’s youth.
“Amongst others we have seen the massive expansion of access to tertiary education during his leadership, the provisioning of free primary education, the massive expansion of the number of classroom available in rural schools amongst other initiatives,” the NYC Executive Chairman.