Youth cautioned of criminal practices

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Government has insisted the youth to engage in development activities instead of criminal acts.

Director of National Productivity in the Prime Minister’s Office (Labor, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability) Mr Yohana Madadi made the statement in Dar es Salaam on Monday.

He was speaking at a meeting for the youth in Great Lake Region. The meeting discussed about peace and tranquility.

Mr Madadi argued that the public is supposed to insist to the youth in the region to focus on discussing issues of sustainable development and security, so as the country could progress economically.

“The youth should ensure they are for bringing development and security in their countries. The young people have great contribution to protecting peace. Meetings like these will help changing mindset among the youth,” he said.

Statistics indicate that Tanzania has youth population of about 21 million.

“When you look at crime statistics, between 2019 -2022 there has been an increasing of five per cent of youth engaging in criminal acts,” he noted.

Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Ukerewe Women Voice Association (SAWAU) Ms Sophia Donald, called upon the youth to continue safeguarding peace ahead of the next elections in the year 2024 and 2025.

“Our country is heading to the elections; we understand that during elections the youth are being used to interrupt peace. We urge the youth not to get involved in matters aiming at disrupting peace,” she asked.

Commenting, Youth Development Officer for Dar es Salaam Region Ms Happiness Joakim said it was important to engage the youth in conference for discussing peace.

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