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Youth co-operatives get 800 solar-powered milling plants

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
GOVERNMENT will give 800 solar-powered milling plants to youth co-operatives out of the 2,000 being procured under the presidential initiative across the country.
This is expected to empower unemployed youths with a vocation.
North-Western Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya said this when he addressed about 300 teachers at Solwezi Technical Secondary School on Tuesday.
Mr Kafwaya was responding to a question from a teacher who wanted to know what programmes the government has put in place for the empowerment of school-leavers following the introduction of entrepreneurship subjects in public schools.
Government decided to introduce entrepreneurship subjects in the school curriculum to help young people become self-reliant after they leave school.
“Out of the 2,000 solar hammermills under the presidential initiative, 800 of them will be given to young entrepreneurs as a way of empowering our young people,” Mr Kafwaya said.
He said it is the desire of Government to see youths become self-reliant after completing secondary education, hence the introduction of various empowerment programmes.
Mr Kafwaya said the country is in the hands of a capable Government that is interested in promoting human welfare and enabling individuals to contribute positively to the socio-economic development of Zambia.
The minister said Government has paid over K200 million to the three contractors working on the Solwezi-Chingola road.
The picture of North-Western Province is likely to change once all road development projects under implementation have been completed.
Mr Kafwaya, however, said Government will not expedite project implementation at the expense of quality.
He told the teachers in the province to take an interest in knowing the developmental projects that Government is implementing.

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