Gov't to Build Manufacturing Sheds for Unemployed Youth

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He said that government has identified land in Entebbe for the construction of an industrial estate and manufacturing sheds adding that the youths, most of who are engaged in artisanal activities, have done a commendable job even without government support.

Government is planning to build manufacturing sheds for youths as a way of supporting them create jobs and wealth. The plan was unveiled by President Yoweri Museveni in his address to the nation delivered this afternoon at Serena Conference Centre in Kampala.

He said that government has identified land in Entebbe for the construction of an industrial estate and manufacturing sheds adding that the youths, most of who are engaged in artisanal activities, have done a commendable job even without government support.

Youth unemployment stands at 62 percent of the unemployed persons in the country, according to a study code-named 'Lost opportunity; Gaps in youth policy and programming in Uganda, published by Action Aid. The African development bank however, puts the rate at 83 percent, making it the highest in Africa.

President Museveni is optimistic that government help would transform hundreds of youths from being idle to being wealthy and employed and give Uganda comparative advantage in several production lines.
 
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"For shoes, furniture, automobiles, motor-cycles, computers etc., we are still depending on endless imports which cause so much hemorrhage and yet we have the capacity to compete in these fields if everybody wakes up." Museveni explained.

Museveni who appealed for support from legislators promised that government will not only stop at building this industrial estate at Abayita-Ababiri but also in other places where land will be identified.
 
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Museveni pointed out that support from State House has empowered several youth groups in Kampala over the last one year. He cited financial support given to youths in Nsambya, Katwe, and Najeera as a major boost for innovations already undertaken by the youths.
 
Museveni cited a need transform youth into wealth creators and job creators saying that it is the youth to save Uganda from imports and also generate exports using the country's huge natural resources and comparative advantages.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.