JOB creation for Zambia is an urgent need and it is gratifying to note that Government is moving in that direction.
In his speech during the official opening of Parliament on Friday, President Lungu set the development tone for his administration for the next five years anchored on job creation, among other approaches, to achieve an inclusive economy.
Measures such as job creation are commendable because they show that Government has a burden to see its citizens live healthy and full lives.
And people are contented when they have the means to enable them to steer through life’s challenges, especially those that have to do with money.
By Government’s approach of creating jobs, it means there is a move towards availing more people with job opportunities so that they can meet their daily needs.
Government is taking this responsibility because it is concerned about reducing the levels of poverty and it wants to see citizens live satisfied lives.
We all know that the absence of job opportunities is a driver of poverty because it renders people unable to have any muscle to meet financial challenges.
Furthermore, the lack of financial power robs an individual of their respectability and decency and in the end this makes them unable to effectively participate in national affairs.
In an environment ravaged by poverty, the main preoccupation of the people is to find the means to meet their immediate need, food, and everything else comes second.
With a job in hand, an individual will in fact be empowered, because one has the ability to provide for themselves and they do not look to anyone to meet their needs.
In creating jobs for its people, Government is empowering them and giving them the ability to participate in national affairs and the development of the country.
Our country has in place a favourable education policy which has resulted in a number of universities and other institutions of higher learning and this has in turn led to training in fields covering all economic sectors.
But sadly, a number of these graduates end up not getting jobs soon after training because of the limited openings. Some graduates get jobs for which they were not trained because their specific jobs are not available.
With the creation of jobs, the market is expected to widen so that the right jobs are available for those qualified to do them.
We are confident that with the diversification of the economy, industrialisation will also result and it is from such initiatives that jobs will be created.
But we want to urge Government that the creation of jobs should be a country-wide exercise so that opportunities are spread out and rural areas are opened up for development.
This implies setting up industries in rural areas so that the dwellers there engage in gainful employment and acquire better living standards.
Raw materials abound in rural areas but, because of lack of markets there, end up in urban areas where they are absorbed by the manufacturing industries.
Industrialisation is a platform to create jobs for the rural people as well so that they remain there and contribute to developing their areas.
Urban areas are more populated because of the belief that they offer more job opportunities than rural areas. However, it is this rural-urban drift that has partly led to poor service delivery in urban areas.
Development is also for all people and like President Lungu has always emphasised, he is a leader for all Zambians and we are sure they stand to benefit from this initiative.
The challenge is now for Zambians to work in collaboration with Government and see pronouncements like this one evolve to reality.