Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo has advised youths in Zambia to be innovative and take advantage of various economic empowerment programmes formulated by Government.
Mr. Lusambo who is also Kabushi Member of Parliament said Government through the Ministries of Youth, Sport and Child Development and Commerce, Trade and Industry has a number of youth targeted economic empowerment programmes.
He said as part of its economic diversification programme away from copper dependence, the Zambian government is now promoting investments in agriculture.
Mr. Lusambo said youths should now shift their attention to venturing into agriculture than depending on getting white collar jobs.
The Copperbelt Provincial Minister was speaking to Journalists in Ndola shortly after officiating at a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph to commemorate Youth Day.
“My appeal is to the youths of this great country to embrace agriculture. His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is focusing on diversifying this economy and young people should be driving that agenda,” Mr. Lusambo said.
He added, “Youths including Graduates should change the notion that agriculture is for retirees. We are promoting agriculture production even for young people because it a well-paying sector and can be a good foreign exchange earner if well harnessed.”
“The theme for this year’s Youth Day celebrations is Unity and Innovation for a Smart Zambia. My message to the youths of Zambia and particularly for those on the Copperbelt is that the time to seize the moment has come. Innovate and be part of the solution that Zambia requires,” he said.
Mr. Lusambo also appealed to the youths of Zambia to support President Lungu’s administration saying he is the only leader in the history of Zambia that has demonstrated his true love for the youths.
He said President Lungu has appointed youths into key portfolios in his administration which is a clear demonstration of his support towards youth development.
“Since 1964, this country has never had a leader like President Lungu who has appointed a lot of youths into key positions. Myself, I am a true example of President Lungu’s faith in young people. He appointed me to be in charge of a very strategic Province and he has always supported me,” he said.
“President Lungu fully understands that there is no country on this earth that can attain social and economic development when it leaves behind its youth. So the youths of Zambia should rally behind President Lungu administration in order to realise their full potential.”