It is an insult for president Michael Sata to tell youths to contribute to National development when his government has failed to give them means, says the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR).
JCTR director Fr Leonard Chiti says the statement by Sata is provocative to youths and a mockery to the young people.
Fr Chiti was quoted by Hot FM radio’s 06: 30 hours morning news today.
On Monday, Sata told youths to look into themselves for development.
Sata told Zambian youths to tell the nation what has been their personal contribution to themselves and national development.
But the JCTR says this is tantamount to insulting young people who have no jobs or capital to create their own jobs.
He wondered how Sata expects youths to develop the country when the PF government has failed to revive or create youth skills training centre as they have been singing from 2011.
Fr Chiti said the PF regime has also failed to revive the Zambia National Service(ZNS) Youth skills training programme.
Fr Chiti said every year more than 300 000 youths enter the job market, which is already saturated.
He said the PF has announced that they have created about 300 000 jobs from 2011 but said that is the number of youths entering the job market every year.