Luangwa District Commissioner, Captain Stanislaus Kalunga, has expressed concern and disappointment over the failure by youths in the district to utilize equipment donated to them by government under the youth empowerment progamme funds.
Capt Kalunga said he was disappointed to find that most of the equipment donated to the youths were just kept in houses and not being utilized for the intended purpose.
He said this when he inspected progress on ten youth projects that were funded by government under empowerment programme projects in the district.
Capt Kalunga said government answered the cry of youths over non availability of youth empowerment programmes by donating tools for gardening and carpentry and tailoring equipment worth millions of Kwacha, which they have failed to utilize.
Capt Kalunga, who did not hold his disappointment, withdrew some of the tools from some clubs.
He said he would only return the equipment when the youths show commitment, failure to which he would give them to other clubs in the district that were committed and interested.
The District Commissioner further called for concerted effort from all stakeholders donating and funding projects to strongly monitor and supervise projects in order to achieve the goal towards the empowerment of youths in the district.
During the 2008/2009 calendar, government funded the youths in Luangwa district under youth empowerment programme millions of Kwacha for projects ranging from tailoring, gardening, carpentry chicken and goat rearing most of which has gone to waste.