The New Republican Party (NRP) has advised government to process a bill that protects the youth—who will be sent to various countries—to alleviate unemployment in the country.
NRP president Alexander Ngulube made these remarks following the sending of about 300 young Malawians to South Korea to work in various sectors, including agriculture.
He said government has undertaken a big task in taking care of the youth.
Ngulube also advised the Ministry of Labour to avoid the possible consequences that happened when Malawians were sent to work in mines in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
“NRP commends the initiative that government has taken to address the rampant scarcity of employment to the youth of this country.
“The ministry, however needs to protect the youth by ensuring that their allowances are given to them in foreign currency and that there is documentation to avoid consequences that happened to Malawian miners, who went to Zimbabwe and South Africa,” he said.
Despite the absence of a national labour identification system and comprehensive surveys enumerating jobs on offer, the country’s ailing economy is inundated with unemployment, especially among the youth. In an earlier interview with The Nation, Minister of Youth and Sports Enoch Chihana said 80 percent of the country’s secondary school leavers are unemployed.