17 May 2012

Rwanda: Youth Urged to Seek Advice On Decision Making

Minister of youth telecommunication and technology, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has urged youth to work with concerned authorities so that decision making is based on youth ideas.

Minister Nsengimana told youth during the discussion recently with youth from Rwinkwavu and Kabarondo sectors in Kayonza district.

"I wish youth could give out ideas on the projects of their choice, so that their ideas are considered in development planning and other decisions in the ministry of youth," Minister Nsengimana remarked.

Up to now some youth are not able to identify what can be beneficial to them in terms of development. "Some youth wake up to go and sit near bars, when you ask them what they are doing, they say they unemployed." Minister of youth added.

Bicycle riders told the Minister that they have nobody to give their ideas to although they hear about their representatives but have never seen them.

Also, they expressed their wish about advocacy so that they get financial institutions to give them loans since most of them do not own the bicycles they use.

One of them said "Sometimes I work for Rwf1000 a day and give half of it to the bicycle owner. It's not easy to survive on Rwf500 with rent and a family if you have one."

Minister Nsengimana asked youth to form cooperatives and look for ways to start small and expand to big projects and to seek advice from the ministry of youth, so that help is provided if necessary.

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