Young People must fight hard to achieve their dreams, says Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) president Andrew Ntewewe has said.
Mr. Ntewewe said it was worrying that young people were always dependant on Government.
He said youth should be innovative and step up to develop their own entrepreneurship skills instead of waiting for Government to employ them.
He noted that one of the biggest challenges that many youths faced was their lack of interest in entrepreneurship.
“One of the biggest challenges we face today, is the fact that when young people go to school all they think about is white collar jobs to work for someone else.” Mr. Ntewewe said.
Mr. Ntewewe said young people must be able to take up the mantle of the challenge for innovation and not always be dependent on Government. He said there was a lot that youths could do with their talents and skills to contribute to the country’s development.
He observed that young people had a lot of energy and skills, adding that they were not supposed to be armchair critics but must be able to provide effective solutions to national development.
“Young people should not think of what government should do for them, but they should think of what they would do for the country.” He said.
Mr. Ntewewe noted that God had blessed the country with a lot of natural resources and that youths should take advantage and make use of the resources.
“The challenge is that more often young people have not taken up the mantle to ensure that the resources that we have are utilized, they don’t do anything about the resources that we have.” He said. Mr. Ntewewe has further urged Government to change the curriculum and bring out innovation in young people.
He said that there was need for Government to empower and promote creativity in youths.