MP Okumu Develops Database of Unemployed Youths

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Okumu says the intent is to establish the exact number and categories of professional youth in e area. He also intends to use the database to lobby for funding and support towards youth self help projects that would create more jobs.

Reagan Okumu, the Aswa County Member of Parliament is developing a database of educated but unemployed youth in his constituency.

Okumu says the intent is to establish the exact number and categories of professional youth in e area.  He also intends to use the database to lobby for funding and support towards youth self help projects that would create more jobs. 

Those registering with the legislator are holders of Ordinary Education Certificates, Advanced Level Education Certificates, Certificates attained in various vocational trainings, Diplomas and Degrees who have remained unemployed for years.

The Initiative comes in the wake of alarming levels of unemployment among the youth.
 
Government statistics indicates that Half of Uganda’s estimated 35 million people are youth, majority of whom are struggling and attempting odd jobs for survival despite being fairly educated.
 
Worse still, even the few initiatives designed to solve the dependency baggage like the Youth Venture Fund are unable to help.

However Okumu’s critics fear that this is a tactic to woo the jobless youth to keep him in office in anticipation for jobs. But he says the move is not politically motivated.
 
Nevertheless, Some Gulu District Councillors are already in support of the initiative.

Ongwech Balington, the Bungatira Sub County LCV Councillor pledges to cooperate with the legislator to ensure that the most up to date database is developed. He urges other members to emulate Okumu in finding a possible solution to the unemployment problem.
 

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.