By Nation Reporter
GOVERNMENT is implementing the skills development and entrepreneurship project support aimed at empowering women and the youth with support from the African Development Bank (ADB) of 30 million U$ dollars, President Edgar Lungu has said.
President Lungu has called upon the youth to be true champions of peace and co-existence before, during and after the 11th August, 2016 general elections.
In a speech read on his behalf by Vice-President Inonge Wina, President Lungu said youths should never allow themselves to be used as tools for violence but should be agents of peace and unity for the social and economic development of the country.
This year’s Youth Day theme is “Youth Champions of Dialogue, Peace, Unity and Economic Emancipation”
“I urge our youth to reject violence and also reject political leaders that are promoting the vice as they are capable of setting our beloved country on fire. Let us, therefore, collectively say no to violence and embrace dialogue, peace and unity. Remember that we only have one Zambia hence we need to guard the peace that the country is enjoying jealously”, President said.
He said that education and skills’ training were contributing significantly to poverty reduction as it was enabling citizens to engage in various economic activities for their living.
The Head of State said that government was working with various stakeholders such as the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) to promote youth entreprenurship development and that last year, 3,600 youths were trained in gender and entrepreneurship together (GET).
President Lungu said that the marketeers scheme has so far empowered 2,000 women and youth and that the scheme would be extended to traders selling different merchandise on the streets.
In a vote of thanks University of Zambia (UNZA) student Kabungo Kabanda appealed to the government to come up with more initiatives that would empower the youth and end the high unemployment levels among youths.