The National Youth Development Council (NYDC) has given a grant of K10, 000 to youths in Luangwa District who have graduated from the Zambia National Service (ZNS) Youth skills training centres in an effort to help them start putting their acquired skills into practice.
Presenting the cheque to the youths in Luangwa yesterday, NYDC Chairman, Saviour Chishimba said government is committed to improving the well-being of the youths in the country and that it was the mandate of the council to ensure that the youths benefit from the programmes.
Dr Chishimba said his council has realized that a lot of youths have been trained under the ZNS youth skills centres but have been left to go back to the streets because they have no tools to enable them put the acquired skills into practice.
He said the National Youth Development Council has a lot of programmes lined up for the youth in the country and called on the youth to form cooperatives and come up with sustainable projects that can be funded by the council.
The NYDC Chairman told the youths that government has created an enabling environment to achieve its campaign promises of creating jobs and putting more money in people’s pockets by empowering organizations such as NYDC so that youths can access help in terms of material and financial support without much difficult.
Dr Chishimba said the Council has seen that most of the youths have failed to access loans and grants from other agencies because of the conditions attached to accessing such funds and its decision to provide them with financial and material support.
And Luangwa District Commissioner Eunie Mumba thanked the council for the timely gesture of helping the graduates with a grant to help them start businesses to improve their livelihood.
The District Commissioner assured the NYDC that his office will monitor the usage of the grant to ensure that it is put to good use so that the intended purpose is achieved.
Meanwhile, youths in Luangwa District commended the PF Government for listening to their cry for economic empowerment.
Speaking on behalf of other youths, Memory Kaira and Brain Kalela thanked government for putting up a youth training centre in the District as it will help them abstain from a lot of illegal and illicit activities such as drugs, alcohol abuse and other negative vices.