Monze district commissioner Lucia Mwiinde has expressed worry that very few youths have shown commitment towards accessing the youth empowerment funds provided by government in the district.
Mrs.Mwiinde said that government had prioritized youth programs in the national development policy as evidenced by the increased amount allocated towards youth the empowerment fund this year with a view to increasing empowerment opportunities for youths.
She was speaking during the commemoration of this year’s youth day themed, “Opportunity for youth through enterprise,” held at Monze district administration offices yesterday.
Mrs.Mwiinde said that this year’s theme was an encouragement for the youths to identify skills, talents and innovations that could best be utilized for improvement of their livelihoods either as individuals or in groups.
She said that youths must realize their enterprise through creativity of mind, positive attitude, being industrious and channeling their energy in the right direction.
Mrs.Mwiinde said that in Monze district, government through the Ministry of Youth and sports had endeavored to sensitize youths on how to access funds under the youth empowerment fund.
She urged youths to take advantage of available opportunities in order to engage themselves into enterprises that could help them come out of unemployment challenges.
Mrs. Mwiinde reminded youths to take this year’s youth day theme seriously as it emphasized on the need to unlock their potential with innovation and creativity.
She said that most youths had acquired knowledge and skills which could be utilized in different ways for them to earn a living.
Some youths however told ZANIS in an interview later that the youth empowerment fund had not been publicized adequately especially in rural areas.
Mr. Charles Kapepe a youth of Monze district said that there was very little sensitization carried out on the youth funds that government has been releasing for youth projects.
He said that youths in rural areas had very little information pertaining to the facility and that government must embark on massive sensitization to help youths access the funds for various enterprises.
Mr.Kapepe said that the youth empowerment fund offered a great opportunity for youths who were not in employment to be self employed and stop relying on hand outs from both the government and other well wishers.