Acting Director of Local Content in Investments in the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) Neema Lugangira made the remarks yesterday in Dar es Salaam.
She told students to use the available resources from their colleges to gear their development.
She challenged students who gathered at a symposium on youth development organised by United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) held at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
With the theme “Youth and Development: Towards Empowering the next Generation of Decision Makers in Tanzania”, the focus of the event was to discuss how to mainstream youth perspectives and youth-related issues in development planning processes.
She said a well-researched university project proposal will not only be of great advantage to the government and other stakeholders because it will help influence changes in the community, but also it benefit financially students who will conduct the research.
The acting director added that students should use that opportunity to enhance their financial and academic development.
Lugangira noted that many graduates are normally unwilling to explore available opportunities, believing that they are unfit for labor market.
“As a result they end up complaining that the government has failed to create jobs for them,” she said.
On her part, UNDP Country Director Awa Dabo said the UNDP’s Strategy 2014-2017 recognises the involvement of young men and women to participate in decision-making processes and development.
According to her, UNDP support the capacity development of young people and youth-led organisations in government, parliament and other institutions.
“There are many other opportunities for youth involvement in the UN, including UN Volunteers placed around the world and as UN online volunteers helping to develop projects and conduct research,” Dabo explained.
“UNDP also helps national governments and partners identify obstacles and bottlenecks to development as it concerns youth through taking action against youth discrimination,” she said.
Zanzibar Principal State Attorney and Head of Legislative Drafting Unit in Attorney General Chambers, Saleh Mubarak said most youth do not use the opportunity available to them. He mentioned that National Youth Development Fund is available to them, but they do not use it.
He added that due to lack self confidence, most Tanzanian youth consider themselves to be unable to compete in the labour market.