Trade Unions visit Geingob

WINDHOEK, Mar. 12 – Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Erkki Nghimtina, Nghimtina said that the country should focus on Vocational Training in order to tackle the problem of unemployment.

Representatives from the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), together with Erkki Nghimtina, today met with President Hage Geingob as part of on-going consultations with various leaderships of various unions on their take on the state of the economy.

The Minister and his delegation believe that Vocational Training will help the country to solve the problem of unemployment and should be the first priority for all the stakeholders, and necessary to contribute to the fight against unemployment and poverty.

Said Geingob, “In our previous meeting we use to held in the past, we normally discuss about wages, this time we would like to consult each other and see how we can come up with solutions to the problem we facing.”

One of the biggest concerns pointed out by Geingob was youth unemployment is government biggest concern, in which he called for various organisations, the Union and other institutions to tackle it head-on.

He also urged the private sector to join the government in job creation which is necessary to fight poverty and inequality that remain prominent in the country. Geingob, also, said he was of the belief that by next year, the country should be in a better position to recover from the current economic crisis.

Geingob will be heading an exclusive high delegation of Namibia and Zimbabwe that will travel to China for a State visit.

“It is a great honour for us to be one of the African countries to be invited to go and visit China. Namibia and Zimbabwe are the only two African country selected to undertake a state visit to China this year,” said the President. – Robert Maseka