President Yoweri Museveni who is also the Presidential flag bearer of the National Resistance Movement has said that the Movement government having taken Uganda through several development phases, will in the coming five years focus on socio-economic transformation of the country mainly on poverty eradication and job creation.
Addressing a campaign rally at Ibuje Primary school in Maruzi County, Apac district yesterday, the President said after bringing about national unity, guaranteeing security and peace, rehabilitating the economy and national infrastructures, the next phase will be causing national transformation by supporting policies and programs that aim at eradicating household poverty and job creation.
Mr. Museveni said that in this transformation phase government is to increase funding in the agricultural sector especially the NAADS program to ensure that the population boosts their incomes from agriculture that must be commercial and profit oriented.
President Museveni further said to solve unemployment and fighting poverty government will further boost micro-credit support programs by increasing funding in the sector targeting the youth and the women.
“We have already put money in the youth fund and 7 billion in the women fund we are going to direct more resources to these programs so as to reach as many people as possible,” he said.
Mr. Museveni said that the National Resistance Movement has managed to develop the country with limited resources by prioritizing the major sectors of the economy and today was the time to even do more since the national resource basket is bigger than ever before.
“The culture of prioritization is very important. You need to adopt it even in your own homes because you can’t do all things at the same time but you must sequence them in the order of their importance or else you fail to deliver anything. We for example put 200 billion in NAADS and we know that it’s not enough but we invest Shs3000 billion annually in the road sector because it’s a much bigger national priority that touches every citizen and all sectors of the economy,” he noted.
He announced that government has secured funds to tarmac the road from Rwenkunyu, Masindi port, Apac, Lira, Palanga up to Acholi Bur.