YOUTHS have been advised not to sit idle but should pursue and take advantage of the recently launched youth policy by President Edgar Lungu, says youth activist Justin Mukonka.
He said the policy was aimed at creating jobs to sustain them and contribute to the country’s development.
Mr Mukonka said as the year was coming to an end, youths should start a new year with new resolutions so that they contribute to the development of the country.
“Sometimes is not that they do not have things to do, but the majority have never been serious with programmes that are aimed at changing their lives,” he said.
He said most of the youths in rural areas were finding it difficult to access the funding because it was found only at provincial level.
Mr Mukonka observed that most of the youths were not taking seriously the programmes that were aimed at uplifting their livelihood, and that it was important that they take the advantage of such programmes to change their lives.
He said youths had been used by policians at the expense of contributing to the country’s development, saying this time it was different because President Lungu had put in place youth empowerment and employment strategies aimed at increasing youth employment in both the formal and informal sectors.
Mr Mukonka said youths had been side lined for a long time in businesses and key employment opportunities, but with President Lungu’s leadership, everything had changed and that there was hope that 500,000 jobs would be created.
President Edgar Lungu has launched the 2015 National Youth Policy and Action Plan on empowerment and employment which he says must result in the creation of more than 500,000 jobs for the youth by the end of 2016.