Government is working on a programme that will see 5,000 youths employed in the next four years.
The Minister of State for Youth, Hon. Evelyn Anite, said in Parliament that the available job opportunities in the country cannot absorb the entire youths requiring employment hence the need to find opportunities elsewhere.
“We have already taken up to 2000 young people to work in the Middle East, for both domestic and white collar jobs,” said Hon. Anite.
The Minister was responding to concerns raised by MPs on a Statement made by Youth MP Hon. Patrick Nakabale (NRM, Central) about the International Youth Day.
Hon. Nakabale said that youths had applauded government for the Youth Livelihood Programme, Youth Capital Venture Fund, Students Loan Scheme, Skilling Uganda and Universal Primary and Secondary Education – all intended to improve the lives of the youth.
He also said that significant progress had been registered in job creation through attracting investments and industrialization.
“We request government to continue the investments in young people through tailor made and youth focused programming in a multi-sectoral way. It is vital that we deliberately invest in youth development since they are a big proportion of our population,” he said.
Anite said that the Ministry was carrying out a National Youth Survey to ascertain their number, how many are educated, are graduates and employed.
“Government has a deliberate effort to transform the lives of young people and improve their livelihood,” she said.
The Minister of Defence, Hon. Crispus Kiyonga said that although youth unemployment occurs in the country, politicians should avoid inciting them into violence.
“It is our responsibility to show the youth that unemployment is a physical problem, which we must deal with through creating programmes to create opportunities,” said Kiyonga adding that “we should guide the youth to avoid negative behaviour like drugs and alcohol abuse.”