—Mpika Central Member of Parliament, Mwansa Kapeya, has reaffirmed government‘s commitment to improving the welfare of youth in the country through creation of sustainable youth empowerment programs.
Speaking in Mpika today when he handed over Chilonga Youth Resource Center to the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Mr Kapeya said the Patriotic Front (PF) government is working tirelessly to reduce inter-generational poverty by promoting lifelong learning, vocational trainings and multi skilling programs for young people in the country.
He said government prioritizes youth empowerment as one of the primary avenues to fostering development to all parts of the country.
Mr Kapeya further urged young people to take up the challenge of transforming their lives by taking up life sustaining skills from the youth resource canter to cope with the demands of the ever changing world.
And Ministry of Youth and Sport Director, Collins Mulonda, said his ministry has a deliberate policy framework intended to empower young people through the provision of skills training for empowerment.
Mr Mulonda implored the young people to take advantage of the resource centre by acquiring skills training, saying his ministry has interventional programs that provide a start-up capital for youths to access upon successful completion of their skills training.
He further said his ministry will expand the Chilonga Youth Resource Centre by creating boarding facilities for the centre to carter for youth from distant places within the district.
Meanwhile, a youth representative, Kennedy Chileshe, thanked government
for ensuring the completion of the centre, whose construction begun in
2002, saying youth can be a very resourceful assert when adequately
equipped with a good learning environment.