Letter to the Editor

Youths should be productive to spur development

Dear editor,
THERE is an adage, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”.
The Zambian population comprises mostly youths. Putting it simply, the youths form the majority of our country. Oftentimes, the Zambian youths have been used as tools of political violence by the politicians so that the latter can gain political mileage. This should not be the case.
It is a known fact that there are many youths with good qualifications such as degrees and diplomas not in gainful employment due to lack or limited employment opportunities. This is because the labour market is very saturated. Given this sad state of affairs most of these youths resort to abusing drugs and alcohol. As if this is not bad enough, they indulge in illicit sex. This is because they are frustrated.
Looking for employment is taxing and depressing on the part of youths. To sustain their lives, it is imperative that these youths engage in income-generating ventures. They can apply for youth empowerment funds to the Government through the Ministry of Youth. Once, these youths are in formal businesses, they can create employment for their fellow youths. Ultimately, this will contribute towards spurring economic development of the country.
ELEMIYA PHIRI
Lusaka

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