First son in-law Odrek Rwabwogo on Friday advised youth to stop looking for employment and instead start creating jobs for their peers.
He was speaking at a public dialogue on “Good Governance & Youth Participation” held by Victoria University at their main campus along Jinja road in Kampala.
Rwabwogo, a Chief Executive Officer Terp Consult, said the task for every country is to create employers since there will always be people seeking employment.
“To solve the problem of unemployment, you need to first create employers. In our case, this is possible through agribusiness which is a key plank in Uganda’s economic development,” he said.
Rwabwogo said majority of Ugandans are employees bringing the rate of unemployment at 80%.
He said this can be addressed through the creation of a multiplicity of industries including; value addition, processing, transport, storage, commodity trading, warehouse receipting, food supply for nutrition, agro input for medicines, financing and cooperatives, agro inputs like fertilisers, hoes, tractor assembly, among others.
He also encouraged youth to try agriculture, irrigation and modern technologies in cropping, animal husbandry, poultry, fish farming etc, to employ their peers.
Other guest speakers at the dialogue included; Anderson Howard Mugisa the Founder Member and Executive Director of the Federation of Young Entrepreneurs Uganda (FYEU) and Samuele Otim Rizzo Chief of Party SKY- Skilling Youth for Employment in Agri-Business AVSI Foundation.
Speaking at the dialogue, Mugisha said youth can utilise social media to develop themselves citing an example of Malaysia that opened up a “Multimedia Hub” where youths gather to share knowledge on the use of ICT.
He said the adoption and adaptation of E-governance into the planning, operational and functional areas of individual enterprises, in urban governance and into the development paradigm of the country will solve the high rates of unemployment.
“What you need now is a start-up business like an internet café. You can later widen it to something bigger,” he urged youth.
Denis Kagimu, the Technical Director Somesa Solutions, reminded youth that praying to God will not solve their money problems.
“God gives you the avenues through to make money. One of them is your head [knowledge] and skills that you bring into the world.”
Dr. Amin Tamale, an Urban Specialist and the Director of the Center for Urban Studies and Research, on the other hand, said KCCA was committed to helping youth achieve life skills.
Maximus Byamukama, the Dean Faculty of Science & Technology at Victoria University, said the institution was committed to skilling youth so they can take part in nation building.