27 March 2013

Tanzania: Tanga Initiates Programme for Youths' Self-Employment

Tanga — TANGA Region has initiated a move to create employment and entrepreneurship skills to its 24,160 unemployed youths in the area to settle the unemployment crisis.

Announcing the move here yesterday during her one day visit to Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA)-Tanga chapter, the Tanga Regional Commissioner (RC), Ms Chiku Gallawa, said the statistic was made available following the research conducted by the regional experts in all districts.

She said the number of unemployed youths was big and had been growing every year, prompting creation of a special programme to meet and solve the matter for the welfare of the people in the region. She said youths were potential manpower resource, which if not well taped, could engage in crimes and disrupt peace in the community.

"We need these youths to be involved in production activities either by direct employment or self-employment...but to make them reach that stage, they need vocational skills, the only place for them to get such skills is at the VETA.

"I, therefore, ask you to prepare yourself to recruit these youths in the region before considering those from outside the region," she said. She further said, the regional government had determined to help the youths and make sure that they were not abandoned in anyway.

She wanted government officials to collaborate with VETA to ensure implementation of the state's programmes for the sake of the region's economic development. The (RC) also urged VETA management to be creative enough to innovate more sophisticated machines and technology in order to match with the current global technologies.

Tanga -VETA Director, Mr Alphonce Lubasha said that VETA was trying its best to provide good vocational skills to youths despite a number of challenges it faced, which included shortage of budget and machines for practical studies.

He, however, noted that they would work on the directives given by the RC, especially of recruiting a big number of students as possible as they could, in order to prepare youths for self-employment skills. He said a plan was underway to establish entrepreneurship training for youths in the near future.

He added that the RC's directive came at the right time as VETA itself had already planned to do the same thing.

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