Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma has urged youths in the Northern Province to take education seriously.Mr Yaluma said it was only through education that the country will achieve sustainable development.He assured youths that government was still committed to building a university in the Northern Province as a way of enhancing education
standards in the area.Mr Yaluma however encouraged youths to work hard in school in order for them to have a better future.
He also noted that young people need to be empowered with land for them to become economically independent.
Mr Yaluma further advised youths to consider applying for mining licences especially that Northern Province is rich in mineral deposits.
The Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister was speaking in Kasama today when he officiated at this year’s Youth Day Celebrations under the theme ‘The Youth: Building a Stable and Sustainable Future’.And speaking earlier, Chishimba Mulenga, a youth representative lamented about the high youth unemployment levels in the Northern Province.
Mulenga said as a result many youths were involving themselves in illicit activities like drug abuse and prostitution.
She has since appealed to the government to increase funding to youth empowerment projects to enable them improve their livelihood.This year’s Youth Day celebrations in Kasama, which attracted scores of youths, was attended by Northern Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe,senior government officials and different youth groups.