Luanshya Mayor Gordon Siwale has commended the Seventh Day Adventist Church for partnering with government in empowering youths with skills in order to make them self- reliant.
Councilor Siwale said the establishment of the K3 million state of the art youth skills training center along the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way was one such development intended to uplift the living standards of young people through such training.
He was speaking during the Seventh Day Pathfinder Fair in Luanshya in a speech read on his behalf by Buteko Ward 8 councilor Rowson Mulenga .
He said the youth skills center which will offer various entrepreneurship skills was in line with the government policy of empowering youths.
He also urged the church to form a youth brass band for the Pathfinders in order to ensure that youths are kept busy in meaning-full skills.
Councilor Siwale asked youths to remain focused and God fearing in order to use the acquired skills, stressing that national development was largely depended on them .
And speaking at the same function, Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) Copperbelt Conference youth director Pastor Christopher Mwampokota said the Pathfinder Fair is an important event in the Seventh Day Adventist youth department calendar as youths gathered to show case their newly acquired skills.
Pastor Mwampokota noted that the church has partnered with the government through various youth empowerment programs since 2011.
He also disclosed that government has extended an invitation to the church to be involved in the youth skills training at Mwange Youth and Skills Training Center in Ndola which is aimed at equipping youths, indicating that the church is identifying youths to attend the training.
The SDA Copperbelt Conference Pathfinder was attended by 26 youth clubs from Chitambo central province to Zambezi in the North western province and also covering the whole Copperbelt province.
Luanshya East SDA mission from Luanshya constituency emerged winners followed by Luanshya East mission district of Roan Constituency with Ndola North taking third position at the fair held at Roan Antelope Recreation Center (RARC).