Parliament speaker rallies youth on job-creation

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Some of the youth who attended the training over the weekend. / Michel Nkurunziza

Young people have been urged to engage in income-generating activities as one of the ways to create jobs and contribute to national development.

This call was made on Sunday during a skills development training workshop for Liberal Party (PL) youth leaders.

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Speaker Mukabalisa

Speaking during the workshop, Donathile Mukabalisa, the speaker of Parliament, urged the youth to be confident in their ability and embrace entrepreneurship to create jobs for themselves and other Rwandans as per the country’s Vision 2020 goals.

“Young people should work hard and also acquire more knowledge and skills to be able to create their own jobs and other jobless youth, which is an essential element in reducing poverty and unemployment and hence boosts national economic development,” she said.

The speaker encouraged the youth to work together and look for solutions to the country’s challenges, including unemployment and drug abuse.

Mukabalisa, who is also the Liberal Party chairperson, urged young people to avoid vices like drug abuse saying it could derail the country’s efforts geared at realising economic transformation.

During the workshop, the youth learnt how to use information technology in business and as an avenue for job-creation. The trainees were youth representatives selected from all the districts countrywide.

George Mupenzi, the trainer, urged them to exploit opportunities in the districts, like livestock, milk, meat and trade in hides and skins, as well as banana and pineapples growing, and agro-processing.

She added that other opportunities are in fish farming, tourism and the hospitality sector as well as general trade.

Trainees speak out

Virginie Akimanizanye, a Liberal party youth representative and one of the trainees, urged colleagues to use the skills gained to train other youth for the initiative to have an impact.

Jeanne de Chantal Uwamariya, a youth representative from Kirehe District, said though there are many opportunities for youth to start their own business, young people face challenges like lack of start-up capital and skills.

Enock Ndagijimana, another youth representative in Nyanza District, said drug abuse is also one of the challenges stifling efforts geared at encouraging young people to embrace entrepreneurship and job-creation initiatives.

Target

The workshops attracted about 100 youth representatives from the party, who will train other youth in their home districts.

LP is targeting to train about 300,0000 of its youth members countrywide, as well as other Rwandan youth in entrepreneurship and business management.