Tjongarero makes U-turn on NYC board

18 May 2020 | Ministries

JEMIMA BEUKES

WINDHOEK



The minister of sport, youth and national service Agnes Tjongarero has extended the National Youth Council's board of directors' term by one month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This after she last Friday wrote to the board, whose term expires today, that its term would not be extended.

The ministry is scheduled to meet the board today.

The reason for the term extension, Tjongarero said, is “so that they can round off whatever must be rounded off”.

“And then we will put an interim board [in place] to arrange for the upcoming elections.

“We will meet with them in the afternoon, to discuss something they said is not very clear to them,” she added.



Extension requested

In a letter to board vice-chairperson Elsarien Katiti, who asked that the board's term be extended to December 2020 or until such time that the elective general assembly is convened, Tjongarero said the board must submit an exit report within 30 days from today.

Katiti wrote to the minister on 11 May to explain that the coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible for the council's general assembly to elect a new board.

According to her, failure to extend their term would lead to political instability because young people would have lost an important platform where they can raise, discuss and coordinate youth development.



Corona impact

“On 20 February 2020, the council received an authorisation by the ministry to the amount of N$3 million from the N$15 million which is earmarked for youth development projects and to use it for the renewal of mandates of structures.

“The council scheduled restructuring of constituencies and regional youth forums to take place on 28 March and 4 to 5 April, but it did not materialise due to the same emergency caused by Covid-19,” Katiti wrote.



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