Mwinilunga youth centre completed at over K700,000


GOVERNMENT has completed construction of phase one of Mwinilunga Youth Resource Centre in Senior Chief Kanonge’sha’s area at a cost of K780,000.
The first phase of the project involved the construction of two student hostel blocks and two staff houses.
Speaking when North-Western Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya toured the facility on Friday, centre manager Kerris Kakisa described the response from the locals as overwhelming as the facility has enrolled 75 students in various fields this year.
Mr Kakisa said the centre is currently offering general agriculture, tailoring and has introduced a pilot programme in hand crafts.
“Our appeal to the government is that it speeds up the construction of workshops so that we can start offering other courses like metal work and wood work,” he said.
He said phase two of the project will involve the construction of additional two hostel blocks, two staff houses and two workshops and this will cost K2 million.
And Mr Kafwaya said Government has allocated K1.5 million in this year’s budget towards Youth Empowerment Fund in the province.
Mr Kafwaya said Government attaches great importance to the welfare of young people and has prioritised youth training as key in helping to address unemployment to fight poverty.
Meanwhile, Senior Chief Kanong’esha commended the government for funding the construction of a youth resource centre in his area.
The chief said the centre will help fight poverty, drug abuse and early marriages in his chiefdom as most youths will be engaged in income generating activities once they acquire the necessary skills from the centre.

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