Youth, Sport and Child Development Permanent Secretary Teddy Mulonga has disclosed that only K150 million has been pumped into youth projects in Luapula Province.
Mr. Mulonga attributed the low levels of funding to lack of interest by youths in the province to apply for funds.
ZANIS reports that he said his ministry never received any application from Luapula Province for funds from the Youth Empowerment Programme until youths were senstised by the District Commissioners.
Mr. Mulonga told Samfya District Commissioner that his ministry has a lot of money for youth empowerment.
He said Government wants to engage the youth in productive ventures hence the need for them to apply for funds.
He has since appealed to the youths to apply for funding from the ministry immediately.
Mr. Mulonga made the appeal when he paid a courtesy call on Samfya DC, Cleophas Chimembe today.
He said Government has allocated K1.7 billion for youth development and K10 billion as Youth Empowerment Funds.
He said youths were facing economic challenges hence Government was doing everything possible to empower and equip them with skills.
The PS further said the empowerment programmes have the potential to uplift the living standards of young people and enable them contribute to national development.
He expressed sadness at the fact that some politicians are taking advantage of unemployment among the youths to use them for violent campaigns for personal benefit.
He was however happy that most youths have refused to be used as tools for violence.
And Samfya DC, Cleophas Chimembe has appealed to the PS to help youths in the district with bursaries to continue with their education.
He said there are many orphaned youths in the area who have dropped out of school because of lack of sponsorship.