KARACHI - President Mamnoon Hussain has said that those who failed to initiate development projects, including power projects, in the past, had resorted to criminal negligence.

However, he was convinced that with mega projects that have been started by the present government, it was certain that the problems in Pakistan would be resolved, leaving no room for maladministration or corruption.

He was speaking as chief guest at the skills competitions award ceremony at the Governor House here on Saturday evening. The competitions were held under the auspices of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission under the Prime Minister Youth Skills Development Programme.

President said: “Youth is precious asset of the country and the government is serious about the planning for their better future. Government is committed to imparting education to them.” Mamnoon pointed out that in the past, education and training of the youngsters faced neglect that gave rise to the tendency for extremism and militancy. He said the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission was imparting better skills training to the youth to make them useful member of the society and enabling them to earn job and assist their families financially. He directed the management of the commission to undertake planning for the training of the youth keeping in view their requirements in different fields.

He said after completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), there would be a lot of need for skilled youngsters and that they should be prepared for that. He was of the view that those youngsters who desired to work abroad, their professional and skill training should be conducted keeping in view their requirements. Mr Mamnoon was glad that the commission has also made arrangements for the guidance of the youth regarding availability of jobs.

Such a service should be expanded to the district level as well so that more and more could benefit from such placement, guidance and counseling service.

Later, the President gave away awards to those youngsters who were adjudged as winners in the competitions. Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan and Commission Chairman Zulfiqar Ali Cheema also expressed their views on the occasion.