A civil society leader has described as politicking the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) assertion that the administration is set to create up to 17000 jobs this year.
Countless down-and-out young jobseekers, particularly rural dwellers, are drifting from town to town scouring for work as labourers or ‘ganyu’ as the unemployment crisis knocks them further into a downward spiral of destitution.
Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development said it will generate jobs for the Malawian youth in the Jobs for Youth (J4Y) project by July 1, 2018 in a bid to reduce poverty levels among the youths.
Job for Youth Project is a government initiative focusing on youth empowerment by creating jobs with financial support from the African Development Bank (ADB).
Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila said: “The overall goal of the project is to empower young women and men for improved employability in decent work and sustainable entrepreneurship in Malawi.”
But the executive director of Mzuzu based Youth and Society Charles Kajoloweka has blamed government for mere politicking ahead of the 2019 polls.
“I think the DPP government just want to lure the youth ahead of the elections in 2019. Where was the project all this time,” queried Kajoloweka.
Kajoloweka warned development should not be pegged to elections.
“Development is a process, it is not a one-off thing like an election,” said Kajoloweka.
He said the unemployment crisis could lead to politicians using vulnerable young people to their own advantage.
But Kasaila said the project is an ongoing and that every youth in this country is eligible to benefit from it that what will be required is to analyse their business ideas and give them the needed support.
“We have dedicated staff that will be responsible to analyse the business plans, we shall give the technical assistance that will assist in creating business plans for themselves,” he explained.
The project has three components which include Entrepreneurship, Education and Sustainable Enterprise Development; Skills Development for Employability and Institutional Capacity Development and Project Management.
The activities in the components include entrepreneurship culture development, establishment of incubators, access to finance implementation of a one-year internship programme and practical, hands–on training and apprenticeship for out of school youth among others.
The project is geared to generate 17,000 jobs for youths, 6,000 youth owned businesses and the Ministry is doing everything practically possible to fast-track preparatory processes so that the youth could start enjoying the project benefits by July 1, 2018.
Young, unlicensed street vendors have become one of the most visible signs of the chronic jobs shortage on Malawian city streets. The street hawker’s community has swelled dramatically as thousands of poverty-stricken young job seekers are increasingly pushed into the informal sector in a desperate bid to survive in a tough economic climate.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :