PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has called on youth to abstain from misusing Information Communication Technology (ICT) for criminal activities.
Instead, he urged for better use of ICT for economic and development activities for the interest of individuals and the country at large.
The Premier said ICT shouldn’t be used to facilitate cybercrime such as money laundering and forming seditious groups, which distract the prevailing peace, unity and harmony.
Mr Majaliwa made the statement yesterday, while launching the commemoration of Youth Week at the Mazaina grounds, Chato District in Geita Region.
“President Samia Suluhu Hassan instructed that the commemoration of Youth Week and climax of the Uhuru Torch race that should be held in Chato District, Geita Region in honor of the contributions that the founding father of the nation, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere during the liberations struggles for our independence when he was a youth,” he said.
He further said, since youth are the majority users of ICT, it was crucial for them to make better use of it by engaging in development activities.
“ICT has a crucial role to play in building sustainable development in all aspects,” he said, noting that many youth have managed to improve their living standards through ICT.
On exploiting opportunities under ICT, Mr Majaliwa called on the youth to take advantage of the available economic empowerment funds, which offer a variety of loans especially to the youth, women and people with disability.
“You can also use the available resources including fertile land, rivers, lakes, ocean, minerals as well as technological development to engage in productive activities,” urged Mr Majaliwa.
In another development, the Premier urged the youth to visit the pavilion at the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation for the sake of learning the legacy that the founding father left behind.
“The Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation was established purposely to document the memories of the founding father of our nation, his philosophy, patriotism and hard work will be remembered even by the future generations,” added the Prime Minister.
Speaking during the event, the Minister of State Prime Minister’s Office Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Jenista Mhagama said the commemoration has enabled the youth to create networks and receive training on different social issues.
“It is a platform that has enabled the youth to get exposed to different opportunities being provided by the sixth phase government administration under President Samia Suluhu Hassan,” noted the minister.
On her part, the Zanzibar Minister for Information, Youth, Culture, and Sports, Ms Tabia Maulid Mwita said her docket will cooperate with all the youth countrywide to protect and sustain the union.