Eight learners from three local schools here, three boys and five girls took their oath of office and signed a contract as the new junior councillors on February 17.
The new junior councilors were sworn in by Lüderitz mayor, Helaria Mukapuli. The learners are in Grade 10, 11 and 12 variously and at Angra Pequena Senior Secondary School, Lüderitz Junior Secondary School and Bright Start Elementary School. In his acceptance speech junior mayor, Tony Marsalino, appreciated the opportunity to be ambassador for the youth of Lüderitz and to act in the interest of the youth. “We will ensure that we will be role models amongst our peers and create an enabling environment for our fellow youth to
contribute to the welfare and prosperity of our local community,” said Marsalino. He further stated that they will work together with the community and theLüderitz Town Council hoping that together they can bring about change.
Mukapuli commended the Lüderitz Town Council for the concerted efforts in reviving the Junior Council, which will not only serve as a voice for the young but similarly contribute to the overall growth of the town through constructive advice and input. “As the Chairperson of the Council, I hereby pledge our support and commitment towards the Junior Council in the execution of its duties,” said Mukapuli. She promised the junior councilors that her doors will always be open to them for any assistance they may require.
Mukapuli further encouraged the junior councilors to work tirelessly towards the emancipation of the community, especially the youth through the establishment of viable projects during their term.