Addressing a specially convened youth gathering during the last day of tour of Mwanza Region, the Head of State hinted that she will make new youth appointments in various positions.
“In the coming appointments of district commissioners, district executive directors and district administrative secretaries, expect a long list of youths,” she told the jubilant crowd.
She said the government wishes to prepare youths to take up public offices and decision making bodies, since they were already over 21 million by the 2012 census, and thus a major component of the country’s population.
Youths are the future leaders of the nation and must therefore be nurtured to serve the nation and inculcate the culture of observing ethics, she said, noting that most youths appointed in public office have done a good job, she stated, noting also that some failed to deliver in accordance with work ethics.
President Samia urged youths to shun behavior that can distort their reputation and instead build trust in their leadership in the general community. Those blessed with public office appointments must work hard to serve the people and the entire government for the benefit of the majority, she emphasised.
She further urged youths in the country to utilize opportunities available including the digital economy, saying that online platforms via mobile phones can help youths to bring about their own development.
“Unfortunately, our youths have not fully utilized online platforms and instead waste time throwing barbs at one another for trivial issues,” the president cautioned, citing that opportunities were available in tourism, agriculture, crop processing, transport, agro-inputs distribution or the fisheries sector.
She said the government has set 29m hectares of land being put under irrigation to maximize crop production, thus youths across the country can set themselves to exploit such opportunities to enhance household incomes.
Households and the nation at large will earn income from using plots of land being put under irrigation, she said,, urging youths to also seek ways to be part of East African and Commonwealth youth platforms to get more exposure.
In bridging the skill gap the government has so far trained 65,598 youths in vocational training centres to build their skills in mechanical work, masonry, tourism, textile processing and others..
Jenista Mhagama, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Coordination and Parliamentary) said that the government was finalizing a national manpower survey to get the magnitude of employment country.
In their messages, youth leaders said that lack of capital and skills were big challenges facing youths seeking to initiate income gaining activities across the country.