KEETMANSHOOP – The minister of mines and energy, Tom Alweendo, says universities should be turned into places of innovation and creativity.
Alweendo said this at the University of Namibia (UNAM) faculty of economic and management science conference on Thursday.
“We need to convert our universities into engine rooms where courageous men and women dare to dream. It takes courage to disrupt what has become the norm but we have to do it because it is the only way we can continue to be relevant, otherwise, we will perish as a nation,” Alweendo said.
He added the only thing that will ensure that the country remains an important part of the global community is when it embraces innovation and creativity and it is where institutions of higher learning come in.
The minister pointed out that the conference is a good initiative that is aimed to find solutions to the economic situation the country is faced with.
He said over the last three years the country’s economy has not been doing well, with its growth being slow causing a number of people to lose their jobs, creating hardship for many families.
“Government was compelled to cut down on its expenditure and too much pressure might have been exerted on public service delivery, the private sector fearing what might happen in the immediate future has decreased its investment,” said Alweendo.
He said all these issues have started to create an environment where some are becoming hopeless and are starting to doubt their ability to manage the economic difficulties the country is experiencing.
Alweendo further said for the country to address the economic issue, focus should be put on finding solutions and not on the problem itself, adding that venturing into unexplored avenues and doing things that have not been done is essential.
“Despite the current tough economic conditions, I believe that we have what it takes to turn the tide if we realise that what gave us the social-economic successes we experienced in the past will not necessarily give us what is now needed to succeed. We have to decide to leave behind what does not serve us anymore,” he said. - Nampa