File: Some pupils from Nelson Mandela basic school in Lusaka
File: Some pupils from Nelson Mandela basic school in Lusaka

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.

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  1. Youths have the potential to be innovative. While it is true that the government need to create employment for all citizens, the youths are equally capable of starting new ventures and become employers in their own right.

    Retirement at 65 is becoming a contentious issue simply because every graduate wants his/her father/mother to leave employment so that s/he can be employed.

    For those of us who are fathers of four children… can’t imagine them fighting for my one slot!

    Youths rise and shine. Your determination to make a better Zambia is the kind of challenge the government needs today.

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  2. Truly a great initiative by Mr Yaluma! Urging students to take education seriously was very essential from the nations point of view as well as the self development of the students because todays youths are tomorrows future of the country. Keeping this in mind, the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) has devised an annual programme to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and to equip them with the essential skills required to launch and operate their businesses at the early stage of their growth.
    YOUR IDEA CAN TRANSFORM AFRICA! To know more*******

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