Muoyo Youth Resource Centre in Nalolo District in Western province has held its first ever graduation ceremony.
The institute which started operating in 2017 is giving skills training to youths in Nalolo District and is certified by Technical and Vocational Education Training Authority (TEVETA).
135 youths have today obtained certificates in General Agriculture, Bricking Laying and Plastering, Tailoring, Communication Skills and Poultry Production.
Addressing the graduates during the event, Western Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Mukwambuyu Katungu said the graduands will contribute to national development through the life skills that they have acquired at the Resource Centre.
“The graduation ceremony has occurred at an appropriate time when government through the Ministry of Youth Sport and Child Development is doing everything possible to increase the availability of skilled Human Resource in various skills, “Mr Katungu said.
Mr Katungu said skilled human resource is the key to effective implementation of all economic programmes and activities, saying without it even when equipment and infrastructure are available, the execution of targeted programmes cannot be achieved.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary has since instructed all districts to provide land for construction of Youth Resource Centres and all Districts councils to consider allocating part of their Constituency Development Funds (CDF) towards constructing the initial infrastructure to facilitate commencement skills training within respective districts.
Mr Katungu further urged all graduates to take the skills acquired seriously in order to create employment that will empower them to reduce poverty at both personal and community levels.
Meanwhile, Muoyo Youth Resource Centre Advisory Board Committee Chairperson Sikwibele Muyangwa has appealed to government for the formalization of the payroll system for instructors and other stuff at the Centre.
Mr Muyangwa also appealed to other stakeholders to move in and assist the Centre with transport, electricity, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facility tools and equipment for practicals.
And speaking on behalf of the graduating students, Angela Tahila commended the Resource Centre Manager, Kenneth Libingi for his good leadership, knowledge, innovation and for the effort made in developing the Youth Centre.