Govt. to introduce national youth service

Written by  Eunice Ndhlovu

The Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development Henry Mussa has told parliament that government will introduce a national youth service that will see the social and economic potential of youth being exploited.


The minister hon. Henry Mussa was answering to a question from member for Mchinji North East hon. Alex Chitete who asked the ministry to re-introduce a youth week. Asking the question hon. Alex Chitete said the youth week was important for development of the country.


“There were teachers’ houses, guardian shelters at hospitals, classroom blocks etc constructed during the youth week. These days youth are occupied with some unbecoming behaviors instead of being productive, the country can change this by keeping them busy,” commented Chitete in an interview.


Responding to the question Hon. Henry Mussa said at the moment government has already put in place plans to make the youth productive to development by engaging them in different activities.


“I was among the active youth that participated in the youth week those years, this is a brilliant idea, as you heard me in my previous report in this house government will introduce a national youth service,” commented the Minister.


The house also heard report from Chairperson of the parliamentary committee on media, information and communications on the Electronic transaction Bill that was referred to the committee after noting that it was not in tandem with international standards and ever changing environment.


Another report was read in the house by chairperson the budget and finance committee on the Payment systems Bills which was also sent to the committee during the last sitting in November last year.


This bill seeks regulate matters that have been taking place for a long time in banks using electronic images for cheque clearing and payment without a law.


On Monday Parliament passed the metrology that seeks to repeal the weights and measurements Act of 1959, essentially to give powers to Malawi Bureau of standards (MSB) to verify measuring equipment like scales, weigh bridges, medical equipment, fuel pumps and other equipment for fair trade practices.


Speaking when he wind up debate Minister of industry and Trade Joseph Mwanamveka described the bill as important and promises government will do everything possible to ensure the law is implemented.


“The old Act did not give powers to the bureau to verify and measure some equipment used in the country. The new law will not only give powers to them to verify and measure but also hire out companies from outside to do any work that may need extra equipment than what MSB has,” added the Minister.


Earlier the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on Trade, industry and Tourism Willard Gwengwe presented to the house a report on the reviewed metrology Bill which was referred to the committee for further scrutiny.


Gwengwe said the committee worked with different stakeholders including government departments to come up with a comprehensive law that will help the country.

“I’m happy that government was open with all amendments we proposed in the Bill and we have been working together since it was referred to my committee,” said Gwengwe.

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