12 February 2018

Ethiopia: Nation's Youths to Nation's Advantage

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Successors of a generation next and task forces of this one,youths play a key role in all spheres of a nation's endeavor.

Therefore, it cannot be gainsaid that investing in youths is tantamount to rendering the future rosy.

Hence,a nation that brings into play Growth and Transformation Plans, envisages to join the ranks of middle income countries and aspires to materialize its Renaissance must place focal attention on its youths.

If properly managed, a river could be devoted to irrigation purpose or generating electricity. But, if allowed to roar past unchecked, inundating and brimming over it could wreck havoc.

By the same token, unless youths of a nation are disciplined in time, made to nurture love for their nation, develop passion for work, told not to buckle under the pressure of polluting foreign cultures and sensitized to turn deaf ears to some quarters that want to use them towards hidden agendas, their talents lay waste if not channeled to evil ends.

It is mindful of these facts that the incumbent is opening various universities and technical and vocational schools across the nation so that acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills, youths could actively engage in the nation building task and benefit themselves and their country.

To curb unemployment the government as well encourages youths to develop entrepreneurial skills and engage in similar ventures, Micro and Small Enterprises, according them due support-- giving training, facilitating loans and preparing working sheds. Here, it suffices to note that The Addis Ababa City Administration Bureau Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) development has recently readied 422 sheds, which could serve various functions. Similar moves are evident across the nation.

Youths organized under the umbrella of development associations could benefit a lot. This way not few have risen from rags to riches. In turn, such youths open job opportunities to fellow citizens.

Given the government's youth-friendly gestures, youths of this nation stand a chance to shape their destiny under Ethiopia's sky. Via various media outlets the government often tries to ram home this fact--Home sweet home.

To those youths, specially girls, who prove dead set to head to the Middle East to develop their financial muscle and safely come back here to run their businesses, Ministry of Labor and Social Affair (MOLSA) is seeing ways how they arm themselves with the skills they are required to have in the destination country.

Ethiopia has also reached on agreement with some Middle East countries regarding the observance of all rights of Ethiopians working there. Such clicking between the two parties certainly go a long way in cementing their ties.

On the other end of the scale, youths who prove academically successful and win scholarships to pursue education abroad must also contribute bricks to the nation building task. They must be forerunners and standard bearers.

Against this backdrop, taking youth's well being and behavior seriously is a must-see. Parents in particular and the society and the government in general have to monitor how youngsters spend the idle time in their hands.

As the adage runs "Prevention is better than cure!" sensitizing the youth before they fall into the pitfall of addiction wrongly shaped by movies from some developed nations is exigent. Addiction has a domino effect as it does not only disturb the one that yielded to it but also family members, friends, friends parents and neighbors and the nation. If this generation is allowed to go astray it is not hard to imagine far from malleable will be the one that is coming that took examples from its predecessor. Resisting the first temptation is much simpler than giving up addiction .

Hence taking all stakeholders aboard in the nation saving and nation building effort is mandatory. Battling with poverty the nation ill affords to lose its workforce.

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