By Azania Post Reporter
THE government has been urged to come up with plans of lending to graduates from higher learning institutions as a way to empower them economically.
The concern was raised in Parliament yesterday by Temeke MP Abdallah Mtolea (CUF) during the questions and answer session.
He affirmed in a supplementary question directed to the Prime Minister’s Office (Youth, Employment) that it is high time now for the government to think of lending a certain sum of money to graduates immediately as they finish their courses so that it might help them set themselves up in life.
Responding to the question, the Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Employment, Labor and Disability) Anthony Mavunde acknowledged that “it is the primary duty of the government to help such graduates.”
Clarifying, he said that the government has created a conducive environment “enabling such groups to toil so as to achieve their targets.” He therefore urged them to join in groups so that they might get loans that will help them solve start up problems.
He said currently the government has registered such groups , already 19 in number, and “therefore they have ample opportunity to make use of these facilities in order to increase their incomes.”
The government has been putting more efforts with a view to seeing that youths are benefiting from the industrialization process it was undertaking, such as the gas pipeline project which he said has up to now has unrolled 11,000 opportunities.
The Tanzania Employment Services (TAESA) has already announced vacancies that require Tanzanians with appropriate qualifications to fill the vacant posts. “But on the other hand, the government is also continuing its quest to emphasize youths into becoming self employed instead of depending in public service employment,” the deputy minister intoned.