MINISTER of Technology and Science Felix Mutati says the actualisation of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) is practical evidence of the UPND government’s dedication to industrialisation and employment creation.
The minister said this yesterday during the launch of the apparel and design incubator at Mansa Trades Training Institute in Luapula Province.
Mansa Trades, before the expanded CDF, had a total of 600 students, but through the government’s empowerment, the number of students has increased to 1,647 and they are currently being trained in practical skills.
Through the actualisation of CDF, 1,129 young people, under the CDF’s skills development component, are being trained to attain a skill in Mansa district alone.
“President Hichilema is a lazy talker; he prefers to do things with actions and shows them out through works and empowerment. CDF was once a promise, but now, people are benefiting,” said Mutati.
“We are happy as a government that Luapula youths are able to access the CDF and invest in skills because that way, we are sure that cash will rotate in the economy….”
Meanwhile, Luapula Province minister Derrick Chilundika thanked the Ministry of Technology and Science for identifying Mansa Trades Training Institute, among all Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TEVET) institutions in the country, as a place to invest in, through the Ministry’s NTBC’s incubation programme.
“We have seen the wonderful works of the CDF in Mansa and Luapula as most youths have been moved from the streets into classrooms, with hopes of becoming their own CEOs, through the fund empowerment. It is only fair that we recommend government for the great job in service delivery,” said Chilundika.
Mansa Trades is currently offering 13 courses, with a total of 1,674 students, and 56 lecturers.
By Buumba Mwitumwa
Kalemba April 15, 2023