N/West youths chal­lenged


NORTH Western Prov­ince Pa­tri­otic Front pro­vin­cial youth chair­per­son, Ami­non Hara has called for an in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion of young peo­ple in the elec­tronic voucher pro­gramme.

Mr Hara told the Daily Na­tion yes­ter­day that young peo­ple should ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in na­tional mat­ters that bring so­ciale­co­nomic devel­op­ment in the coun­try such as the e-voucher sys­tem.

He said the elec­tronic voucher pro­gramme will help pro­mote ef­fi­ciency and in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity in the coun­try thereby re­duc­ing poverty at house­hold level.

"This will en­able fast ac­cess to agro in­puts by the farm­ers and speedy de­liv­ery of in­puts to des­ig­nated lo­ca­tions," he said.

Mr Hara said young peo­ple ac­count for about 80 per­cent of the coun­try's pop­u­la­tion hence the need for them to be proac­tive and con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to na­tional devel­op­ment.

He said for a long time young men and women have “folded their arms” and left all mat­ters af­fect­ing the na­tion to older peo­ple.

"Things have to change, this is the time for ev­ery youth to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in mat­ters of devel­op­ment at ev­ery level,” Mr Hara said.

He said this year's Youth Day Com­mem­o­ra­tion theme "Lever­ag­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Youths through ICT" res­onates well with the Na­tional Youth Pol­icy which was launched in 2015 by Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu.

"And as youths in the Prov­ince we want to adopt this into a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion that will see the youth as la­tent as­set that can use ICT in cre­at­ing jobs, bring­ing mar­kets closer and in­creas­ing knowl­edge and lit­er­acy lev­els," he said.

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