Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment ministry permanent secretary, George Magosvongwe, has appealed to Parliament to push for a $10 million increase in budget allocation for use in revitalizing the National Youth Service.
Responding to a question raised by MP Kudzai Chipanga on how the programme which was popularized by the late Zanu PF political commissar, Border Gezi, was progressing, Magosvongwe said,
For us … it (youths programme) has been impeded by the absence of adequate resources. We have been running it but, in a sense, the numbers have been negligible. Recently we had a graduation of about 300 youths at Dadaya. We will not reintroduce but escalate the youth service if we get adequate resources. We are working on trying to raise the resources; this is why I said an additional $10 million would help us fulfil some of the programmes that are so central to the development of the young people. Unless we do that we can’t talk about development and stability.
Asked about the benefits of the programme by Justice Mayor Wadyajena, Magosvongwe seemed to struggle through his points. He claimed that the programme was critical in inducing a sense of patriotism, boosting youth participation in community development programmes and in community engagement.