President Mnangagwa strongly warns youths: Desist from drugs and substance abuse

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa has warned youths to be aware of elements who may want to abuse the present economic challenges to mislead them

The government of the Second Republic remains committed in its resolve to develop young people as provided for in the constitution of the land.

This was said by President Emmerson Mnangagwa while interacting with young people at the inaugural National Youth Indaba this morning at the Harare International Conference Centre.

He highly commended today’s interface in which youths were asking questions and getting a response from the President.

“Enshrined in the constitution is participatory decision-making.

“Such interaction will help achieve the Zimbabwe we all want with youths getting an opportunity to lay out their ideas,” said President Mnangagwa.

The President said the National Youth Policy is being reviewed in line with current trends, something which even Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister Kirsty Coventry also reiterated in her remarks.

Cde Mnangagwa challenged youths to be more cognisant with regards to honoring their societal obligations, adding that they should embrace the National Clean-up Campaign which government is spearheading.

“It has been disheartening that young people and youth organisations have not taken up the national clean up campaign with the vigor it deserves.

“Less talk and more action will move our country forward…you have heard how your Minister (Kirsty Coventry) persevered in the field of swimming until she succeeded in winning medals,” he said.

President Mnangagwa said the establishment of the Empowerment Bank, women’s bank and SEDCO must precipitate jobs revolution in the country.

He said jobs of a modern and highly technical Zimbabwe will be realised, hence the establishment of the National Optic Fibre Link built in Beitbridge which he commissioned a few day ago.

The President spoke about the incubation hubs which are set to help to nurture skills of young people, encouraging youths to visit them for enlightenment.

He added that young people in universities should fully utilise the incubation hubs to grow ideas of projects “to a point of nationalisation”.

“Only through such functional education will you be able to create wealth,” said President Mnangagwa.

He said the new administration is revamping Vocational Training Centres to ensure they practically drive industrialisation in the country.

President Mnangagwa told youths that the future of the country is in their hands, hence the need to embrace government initiatives to realise “the Zimbabwe we want”.

“The future is now…there is need to consciously work hard to realise the Zimbabwe we want. Be a catalyst for positive exchanges…choose to progress, choose to unite, choose to be peaceful…. Our success is investable and rests upon us all,” he said.

Turning to behavioural issues, the President said youths must desist from drugs and substance abuse.

President Mnangagwa also spoke about the recent Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission, saying the onus is upon youths to embrace the strengthening of ties between the two countries and take up opportunities available.

During a question and answer session, President Mnangagwa responded to questions and concerns of young people on how they too can participate in the agriculture, mining, tourism, public procurement, creative industry sectors.

He said government is committed to ensure youths get opportunities that they can explore, but implored them to organise themselves into groups before establishing a project.

The President said young people have equal right to access land if they go through the Ministry of Lands while those with innovative ideas to use land are prioritised.

He encouraged young people to come together and embark on projects which require land.

On tourism, the President said there are many ways for youths to enter into the sector, encouraging them to approach the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to get information on the needs in that sector.

He reveals that the sector has grown by 26 percent since the advent of the new dispensation.

The indaba is being held under the theme: ‘My Future is Today’.

— ZBC


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