Zomba — Newly appointed Minister of Labour, Grace Maseko has said her ministry has laid down various plans to deal with lack of employment which is a major problem among the youth in the country.
Maseko made the remarks in Zomba on Sunday in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana).
The Minister said she is aware that lack of employment is one of the major challenges the country is facing because the majority of the youth are jobless and loitering in urban areas.
"I know that lack of job opportunities has been the key setback of development in the country for a very long time, therefore, I would like to assure Malawians that my Ministry will make sure that more learners should be getting jobs after graduating from their respective education levels," she explained.
According to Maseko, a number of strategies have been put in place to create a platform where job issues will be addressed to enhance job creation in the country.
"We are considering technical trainings as a technique for promoting job opportunities in the country, especially to the people who have just finished their form four and others who just stay idol. The vocational trainings will invoke various skills in these people, in the areas of plumbering, welding and bricklaying. Through the acquired skills, they may get employed or employ themselves," said Maseko.
She added that her Ministry will follow up labour policies attentively and will make an arrangement to re-examine them so that they conform to the welfare of Malawians. She declared that her Ministry considers revising the minimum wages and certify that the rights of the employees are well respected at their respective work places.
Maseko also revealed her ministry's plans to embark on a job creation campaign that would guarantee various stakeholders from government or non-government institutions to take up initiatives to promote employment through job creation.
However, the Minister expressed concern over the conduct of some foreigners who she said take up some of the mini-jobs belonging to Malawians.
"It is depressing to note that some foreigners come in the country and do some small scale businesses that would be done by Malawians. Such people are getting rich and richer at the expense of the local people. My Ministry will see to it that Malawians should be prioritized other than foreigners.