Youths in Mzuzu can now afford a smile if what the Minister of Sports Grace Chiumia says is anything to go by that construction of the Mzuzu Youth Centre (NYC) will start in June.
The minister told The Nation on Sunday yesterday that all resources to quick start the construction of the facility have been secured.
She said the ministry is now only looking for a contractor to quick start construction works.
“I would like to thank the President for approving construction of the centre. It is clear that the facility will ease the challenge youths in Mzuzu face in searching for the sites where they can perform various sports activities,” said Chiumia.
Mzuzu Youth Association (MYA), an umbrella body of over 30 youths in Mzuzu, wrote a letter to Minister of Sports over the delay in the construction of the facility.
The development comes when in 2006 and 2007, government through then minister of Sports Jafali Musa promised to construct a youth centre near Mzuzu Hotel and in the 2010-2011 budget, Parliament had approved K30 million, but nothing happened on the ground.
Meanwhile, Chiumia has said the site for the facility has been shifted from Katoto Secondary School to the new Katoto, which is situated just opposite Grand Palace Hotel.
“Our initial plan was to have the facility at Katoto Secondary School, so that we link it with the existing courts at the site, but experts have advised us that the space at the site will not be enough to accommodate the structures to be constructed for the facility,” said Chiumia.
According to the minister, the facility will among other things have football ground, courts for various sports disciplines, rooms, hall and offices.
MYA chairperson James Mhango said his organisation has set aside committee to keenly follow up on the project so that this time it should be materialise.