—–Government, through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development, has appealed to youths in Southern Province to take advantage of the youth Empowerment Fund to create employment and better their lives.
In an interview with ZANIS today, Youth Development Coordinator, Sitali Mukonka, said the allocation of K1.5 million towards youth development fund was a huge opportunity which the youths should take advantage of and apply for loans.
Mr Mukonka said the department of Sport, Youth and Child Development had done its work of sensitizing all the youths in all the districts of Southern Province to apply for the loans, adding that the department would endeavour to ensure that all the money allocated is disbursed to viable youth projects that would be approved in the province.
Mr Mukonka said youths in the province had no excuse to make as the government has committed itself to improving their lives through the youth development fund.
“On our part we have done massive sensitizations on how youths can access these funds and we want to ensure that the entire amount allocated to the province is disbursed to viable youth projects that will be approved.
“And I, therefore, call upon all the youths in the province to take this opportunity to apply for the youth empowerment fund to improve their lives and complement government’s efforts in job creation,” Mr. Mukonka said.
He said so far the provincial office has only received 80 application forms from youths.
Some of the projects the youths are required to apply for under the fund include income generating projects such as those in agriculture and tourism sectors among others.
Meanwhile, Mr Mukonka said the provincial technical committee would soon sit to scrutinize all the application forms from youths in the province.