Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

9 February 2013

Tanzania: 'Don't Blame Government, Work Hard,' Youth Told

YOUTHS in the country should engage in Small and Medium Entrepreneurship (SMES) to achieve their goals rather than blaming the government.

The Executive Director of Youth's Development in Youth, Sports Information and Culture department, Prof Elisante Ole Gabriel, advised the youth to take up the challenge of bringing development through their own initiatives. "Instead of blaming the government, the youth are advised to turn challenges into opportunities," he said.

He was addressing the seminar on 'Entrepreneurships and Establishing of Progressive projects' on Thursday at Ilala Municipality offices in Dar es Salaam. "You can't attain development through entrepreneurship skills only, but through the spirit of entrepreneurship too," he said.

The professor further said that the spirit of entrepreneurship shall give youths confidence and creativity in their day to day undertakings. Prof Gabriel said that youths should avoid idleness and learn how to keep time in order to reach goals. However, Prof Gabriel raised concern that youths should not be puzzled by politicians, religion and tribalism.

Rather, they ought to join hands together for the national development. "Do not embrace the dependence syndrome. Instead, think high that you can make it," said Prof Gabriel. He further said that money was not basic for the development but only positive thoughts would make up the achievements.

Meanwhile, the special guest at the seminar, Ilala District Commissioner (DC) Mr Raymond Mushi, said the youth should have self-recognition and inculcate discipline in their activities. "You should first understand your dreams and find the best ways to achieve them (dreams)," said Mr Mushi.

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