—-Government, through the Ministry of Finance, has released K1.2 million funds to enhance the socio-economic activities of the youths in Central Province.
Central Province Minister, Davies Chisopa, disclosed this at the 2015 Provincial Youth Week thanks-giving Church Service held at Ebenezer Tabernacle in Kabwe.
Mr Chisopa said 89 groups specialising in various projects such as poultry and block making benefitted from the youth development fund from 2013 – 2014.
He said there is need to accelerate the youth empowerment programme in order to sustain the gains achieved in national development.
The Central Province Provincial Minister said the Patriotic Front government is working to ensure that more youths are empowered regardless of their political and religious affiliations.
Mr Chisopa urged the beneficiaries to use the money prudently to improve their lives and ensure they pay back the loans so that other youths can also benefit.
“As government we realise that when we empower the youths and uplift their welfare, we are lifting the welfare of the future generation. If sustainable national development is to be realised, then it is just right to accelerate the youth empowerment programme in both life and survival skills,” he said.
He said appropriate decision making for better leadership development and entrepreneurship should be implemented to prevent youths from indulging in vices such as alcohol, drugs, illicit sex and defilement.
And speaking earlier, Hastings Mwemufumbo of the United Church of Zambia, who delivered the sermon, appealed to government to overcome challenges, such as unemployment, early pregnancies, casualisation and lack of recreation facilities to improve youth empowerment.
Rev Mwemufumbo said youths need proper guidance, knowledge and direction to build a stable and sustainable future to enhance the socio-economic activities of the country.
In attendance were the newly appointed Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education, Sidney Mushanga, Bishop Wilson Phiri, provincial security and defence chiefs and youths from all walks of life.