COPPERBELT Show Society chairman Bill Osborn has said the Patriotic Front (PF) government should find a solution to the high unemployment levels among the youths as the country celebrates the 50 years of independence.
Mr Osborn said high unemployment levels among the youths was one of the major problems the country was facing after 50 years of independence and so it was imperative that the PF government strove to find decent employment for its youths.
Commenting on Zambia’s attainment of the 50 years of independence, Mr Osborn said while the country had made positive strides in various sectors of the economy, the government needed to find a solution to the high unemployment levels among the youths in the country. “It is obviously a huge milestone to reach 50 years of independence. A number of developments have taken place in the country’s economy like infrastructure development and investment in various sectors, but the problem is the high unemployment levels among the youths.
“There is a big problem of unemployment among the youths. So, as the country celebrates 50 years of independence, the government should find a solution to the unemployment levels among the youths. Government should facilitate the creation of decent jobs for the youths in the country,” Mr Osborn said.
He said the revival of the manufacturing sector could contribute to the creation of decent jobs for the youths in the country, saying the Multi-Facility Economic Zones (MFEZ) was one area which could revive the manufacturing industry.
Mr Osborn also advised Zambians to be actively involved in the manufacturing sector, instead of leaving it to some investors who were exploitative and had no regard for local people.
“A lot of unemployed young people are engaging in bad activities because of lack of employment, but I believe if the manufacturing sector is revived, it could create employment for young people. Zambians should not leave the manufacturing sector to the foreigners, but should also be involved in running these industries,” he said.
Mr Osborn, however said he was impressed that the mining, agriculture, tourism and other sectors were doing fine and needed to be supported so that they could continue to contribute to the economic recovery and national development.
He said it was good that the PF government had embarked on infrastructure development where many roads had been constructed and rehabilitated to support the agriculture and tourism sectors.
“A good road network is key to the development of the agriculture and tourism sectors. The agriculture sector needs a good road infrastructure to transport inputs and produce from one place to the other, just like the tourism sector needs a good road infrastructure to transport tourists from one place to the other,” he said.