The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has urged Members of Parliament to lobby the government to enforce better policies that support the growing population.
While speaking at the Orientation of MPs on Food Security, Population and Development in Parliament on Friday 23rd September 2016, Kadaga said that Uganda has a fast growing population which is likely to double from 38 million (2016) to 43 million in 2040, and cause food, employment and environmental management insecurities in the country.
Kadaga however said that this situation can be exploited to the advantage of the country. “We as Parliament need to ensure that appropriate population development policies and programmes are put in place fully supported especially targeting the areas of human resource in education, capacity building programmes and health of the people,” she said.
The Speaker added that there is a lot that Parliament can do in terms of budgeting, oversight, legislation and community outreaches to ensure that the situation changes.
The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Forum on Food Security, Population and Development in the 9th Parliament, Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi emphasised that the young people should be turned into a working force that is beneficial to the country.
“We have a first growing population so the laws and policies we make must cater for the growing population and eventual circumstances,” Dr. Baryomunsi, who also happens to be the Minister of State for Urban Housing and Development, said.
He said that population growth affects all sectors of the economy from education, to health and others, so it has to be curbed in one way or another.
The Forum also went ahead to hold elections for new office bearers for the 10th Parliament.
Those elected into office are; Honourable Abbas Agaba (Chairperson), Veronica Bichetero (Vice Chairperson), John Bagole Ngobi (General Secretary), Anthony Akol (Treasurer), and Maureen Lanyero (Publicity Secretary). The other MPs representing regions include; Honourable Jessica Ababiku (Northern), Florence Namayanja (Central), Winnie Matsiko (Western) and David Waboya (Eastern).