WINDHOEK: The Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture lashed out at the youth who are using their time to misuse alcohol instead of identifying their talents in sports.
Pohamba Shifeta said at the handing-over ceremony of the 17th Meritorius Award for 2012 from the Polytechnic of Namibia to Namibia’s Paralympic gold medallist Johanna Benson in the capital last night that the rate at which young people are drinking alcohol is extremely high.
The youth should instead spend their free time identifying and developing their talents in sports, he said.
“Young people drink, and they lose value if they drink too much. They are getting intoxicated to the extent of being carried to bed. You lose value when you drink too much because you do not have a culture. A person with culture knows his roots,” he stressed.
Shifeta said alcohol is the root cause of many evils in society, such as making people lose their jobs, and deeply affects productivity because some people go to work drunk.
He thus called on the youth to think of other business ideas, and not to entertain applications for bars and cuca shops.
Shifeta also called on the youth to stay away from the notorious Eveline Street and Herero Mall. The former has bars and shebeens scattered in a whole row, whilst the latter was blasted by many leaders for seedy deeds taking place there after dark.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Youth Minister also called on the management of the Polytechnic to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure that sports facilities and a multi-purpose hall become a reality at that higher education institution.
Sports activities should not be viewed in isolation from Government’s endeavours, and there is also a need for sports’ competitions at every school in the country. In this way, Shifeta said, many young people will discover their hidden talents, and higher institutions must therefore become part of this.
The Meritorious Award, which is the highest honour bestowed on a sports hero or heroine, recognizes a single individual who has made a significant meritorious contribution in sports.
Johanna Benson scooped the silver medal in the Women’s T37 200 meters and the gold medal in the Women’s T37 200 m at the recently-concluded Paralympic Games in London. The first such award was given to Namibia’s Olympic silver medallist Frank Fredericks in 2004 by PoN.