Parliament has urged the government to carry out a manpower census to establish the employment manpower gaps that will inform a public policy.
Presenting the National Budget Framework paper for financial years 2016/17 to 2020/21, the Chairperson of the Budget Committee, Hon. Amos Lugoloobi said that in the absence of information on the manpower gaps, youth in Uganda will not be able to compete for jobs in the region.
“Youth in Uganda may not take advantage of employment opportunities in the EAC region. Government should come up with a deliberate programme for re-skilling of the unemployed youths to turn into innovators and job creators,” he said.
The Committee in its report noted that despite the economic growth reported each year, unemployment remain high among graduates and school drop outs.
“Agriculture has remained the main source of household income in rural areas. Although youth have tried, without adequate support to engage in non-agricultural household enterprises, such enterprises are not sustainable without sufficient empowerment and affordable sources of financing,” the Chairperson reported.
Hon. Lugoloobi also revealed that the increased allocation to the Works and Transport sector demonstrates government’s commitment for investment and maintenance of infrastructure.
“The Committee recommends that government should create a sustainable maintenance programme for the completed infrastructure by establishing regional construction and maintenance units,” he added.
The Committee also observed that the country’s efforts to raise tax revenue have been hampered by the large informal sector, tax evasion, tax exemptions to investors and lack of proper accountability of the National tax revenues.
In the sectoral allocation for the 2016/17, the Works and Transport sector has been allocated shs3.7 trillion and the ICT sector getting the least with 22.1 billion.