Luanda, 05 October, 2022 / 6:40 pm (ACI Africa).
The Liaison Bishop of the Episcopal Commission for Youth, University, Scouting and Vocations Ministry of the Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST) has called on the Angolan government to invest in the “primary production sector” to provide opportunities for unemployed youth.
In an interview with ACI Africa, Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti said, “What the state, in my opinion, should do, is to foment the primary production sector. Because when you produce what you eat and then have leftovers, you sell it and save resources. Our African countries, unfortunately, tend to be importers of unemployment.”
“The challenge of unemployment is principally the problem that the state needs to fix. Unfortunately, a lot of the policies in our country are not based on reality, and therefore create lobbies that get the youth comfortable with being consumers, not with being hard workers”, said Bishop Chissengueti in the Monday, October 3 interview.
The Local Ordinary of Angola’s Cabinda Diocese who doubles as CEAST Spokesperson further said that the government of the Southern African nation should focus on the primary agriculture sector.
He explained, “When an individual produces their food, they can feed themselves and their families and sell the excess produce. In our African countries, unemployment is so rife that we must look at producing our food so that people do not starve.”