Council Moves to Empower Youth

| June 17, 2015

The Okavango District Development Committee (DDC) chairperson, Mr Letlhogonolo Nkolane, has highlighted lack of skill amongst the youth as a stumbling block towards the success of their projects.

Briefing the sub-council meeting in Gumare recently, Mr Nkolane said there was dire shortage of youth with necessary skills to run projects that they had applied for. To address the problem, he said there would be a campaign on entrepreneurship development, which would commence in July.

The focus will be more on skills development for youth in the sub-district, he said, adding that the district had been allocated P2 million to fund projects for the current financial year and that P1 million had been disbursed.

Furthermore, he explained that beneficiaries still continued to lag behind in loan repayments due to high rentals for areas of operation and lack of a market. The chairperson also cited low levels of commitment from the youth as the other impediment.

Mr Nkolane, who is also the senior district officer for development in the sub-district, lamented that project monitoring was a challenge to carry out due to transport shortage in the area.

Earlier during his speech, the sub-council chairperson, councillor Mbahahauka Kambimba said more than P2 million remained unutilised in the 201415 financial year.

He said the main challenge for funding of projects was that most youth were interested in cloven-hoofed livestock, which was currently discouraged as it has a limited market due to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

Cllr Kambimba however said they worked closely with the youth concerned to help them identify alternative projects in order to empower them.

Meanwhile, Mr Nkolane also briefed the house on taking services to the people programme, saying a monthly itinerary had been developed where kgotla meetings would held to apprise communities on government policies and programmes, as well as taking services closer to the people.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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