Opposition Demands over UGX2bn for Job Creation

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Opposition in Parliament is demanding an allocation of up to 2.3billion Shillings in the 2015/2016 financial year towards job creation for youths in the country.

The Opposition in Parliament wants over 2.3billion Shillings allocated in the next financial year budget for creation of jobs for youth in the country.

The legislators want the money to be allocated to the Gender Ministry's labour productivity and employment vote in in the 2015/2016 financial year budget.
Opposition's demand is part of the alternative policy statement for the social development sector-youth. It was tabled on the floor of parliament by the Shadow Minister for Youth Bernard Atiku.

He says there is no way the government will end rampant youth unemployment in the country when it is not creating new jobs each year. He says the Gender, Labor and Social Development sector has persistently suffered budget cuts yet it caters for the biggest percentage of Uganda's population.
Budget allocation towards the employment services programme in the Gender Ministry  dropped from from over five hundred and seventy million shillings in the current financial year to four hundred and sixty eight million shillings in the next financial year budget.

Some of the objectives of the programme are to contribute towards the effective planning, development and utilization of the country's growing labour force, develop analytical capacity to interpret labour statistics and labour market information for policy implementation.

Government is also urged under the alternative policy statement through Ministry of Education to direct its curriculum at career guidance to instill in students skills of job creation than job seeking at all levels, not only at technical institutes.

The alternative policy statement is expected to be considered by Parliament together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social development, financial year 2015/2016 budget policy statement.

Uganda has the youngest population in the world with over 78 percent of the population below the age of 30 and about half of the population is below 24 years of age.


About the author

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.