|Pastor Alfred Hove|
...urges young people to be actively involved in developmental initiatives
GWERU - Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ), a Pentecostal churches’ representative body, recently engaged young people in Gweru on a business and entrepreneurial capacity-building training as efforts to alleviate poverty among youths.
The training was conducted under the theme, 'Reducing poverty through entrepreneurship and financial management skills'.
It was attended by the EFZ National Executive Team and various other stakeholders.
EFZ Gweru district chairperson, Pastor Alfred Hove said it was prudent for young people to use their knowledge and skills to develop themselves.
"We are happy because youths from the church were given the platform for skills acquisition on how to start businesses and venture into entrepreneurship. At the end of the day, one needs to earn a living and support their loved ones. We urge the youth not to be hesitant to approach government offices or even to inquire on projects, loans and grants which are set to benefit them.
Hove further urged all young people to participate in youth-driven developmental initiatives.
"I would like to encourage our youths who are in the church to be involved so that they are not left behind. We also want them to apply for land and engage in developmental projects so that they sustain themselves," he said.
Nyaradzo Tabe-Ndlovu, a provincial officer in the Ministery of Youth, said entrepreneurship was the surest way to a more successful life.
"We have many educated yet unemployed youths and that means we must not fold our hands and do nothing. There are youths out there who have led by example; through hard work and commitment, they have changed their fortunes.
"I am also happy to inform you that company registration processes will now be done in provinces as government seeks to decentralise services. Operations are therefore available at provincial level because we want to see youth succeeding.
"The reason why we are on the subject of entrepreneurship is because most people in Zimbabwe are now entrepreneurs. For one to be a successful entrepreneur, he or she should have a clear business idea which is also open and clear to the intended market,” said Tabe-Ndlovu