NYSC beacon of hope for jobless - Minister Amaraweera
The National Youth Services Council (NYSC) has been a tower of
strength and a beacon of hope for school leavers and jobless youth, said
Water Supply Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.
The Minister made these comments addressing a function Yovun Sammana
Ulela at the Cultural Centre at Ranna.
The Minister said various training programmes launched by the NYSC
paved way for the jobless youth to get State and private sector jobs and
also engage themselves in self-employment.
The Hambantota district office which did not posses a building of
their own will get a fully-fledged building at Yaya Watta, Tangalle. The
construction work of the building will come to an end in 2009.
"We have been unable to provide State sector jobs to youth because
there are no vacancies in the State sector for the provision of jobs."
"The private sector that has been identified as the engine of growth
has the maximum number of vacancies.
But most of the youth do not possess necessary qualifications to
apply for such jobs."
"Computer literacy has become a must today to obtain a job. Therefore
with the vocational training, computer literacy also must be followed."
The Minister of Water Supply further said that the paper factory which
remained closed for a considerable period will be re-opened soon.
This was closed down due to mismanagement. It will soon become an
income generator and a money spinner.
Assistant Director, Hambantota district NYSC M.D. Karunadasa said "Yovun
Sammana Ulela was started in 1976.
The NYSC has rendered yeoman service to the youth community.
The youth at grass roots level reached the national level in various
spheres exhibiting their stalls and performances.
SPC Member H.W. Gunasena, President's Co-ordinator Wasantha
Gunasekera, Tangalle Assistant D.S. Kanchana Thalpawila and SSP Tangalle
Division Neil Daluwatta were present.