—-Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chileshe Mulenga, has called on people in the region to appreciate the work being done by law enforcement agents.
Dr Mulenga says the region will make more progress if people started appreciating teachers and rehabilitation officers in law enforcement agencies.
He says this will be the only way to make the work of law enforcement lighter.
Dr Mulenga was speaking when he officiated at the regional youth exposition symposium held at Luangwa House in Chipata where the youth were showcasing entrepreneurship skills after being trained by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEC).
He observed that some people who engaged in wrong doing did not appreciate the role played by law enforcement agencies.
‘’We will only make progress in developing ourselves if we begin to appreciate the role of law enforcement agencies,’’ Dr Mulenga said, adding that apart from prosecuting those who got involved in drug abuse, DEC was involved in education and rehabilitation of individuals.
He said the work being done by DEC was a backbone of development in the country because engaging in drug abuse had negative effects on the country’s development.
Dr Mulenga commended DEC for giving the youth entrepreneurship skills with the help of Barclays Bank and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with the aim of making them refrain from engaging in bad vices such as drug abuse.
‘’All human beings were made equal and need to choose talents which are given by God to excel in society. There is no mystery in making money but hard work and discipline,’’ he said.
He reminded the youth that government had engaged into regional economic groupings such as the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) and the youth should use them as opportunities to excel.
And Eastern Province DEC Deputy Commander, Martin Musonda, said the
aim of the Commission was to ensure the youth refrained from drug
abuse by engaging in income generating ventures.
Mr Musonda said 306 youth were trained in the region to change their mind-set where they felt that empowerment came from within themselves.
He urged the youth to commit themselves to making their dreams come true.