President Yoweri Museveni over the weekend spoke to a group of 290 young NRM cadres undergoing training at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi.
They were identified during the just ended campaigns as enthusiastic and capable young people who could benefit from some fine-tuning.
Museveni described the training as an important strategy that state agencies should pay attention to.
“It worked for us in the 1970s when 26 boys, not heavily qualified at the time in terms of academics, were trained in Mozambique. They came back to form the core of the NRA.”
He said it is not enough to have followers or supporters of the NRM.
“We should aim at having ambassadors. This starts with initiatives like this training.”
The president said he would like to see the young people at the forefront of the four sectors that drive the socio-economic transformation after the training.
On agriculture, Museveni cited the need to improve the statistics in this sector saying 68% of homesteads in Uganda are still exclusively doing subsistence farming.
He said industry which is both in manufacturing and processing is not limited to only large projects although that is the ultimate goal.
“But we need to start however small.”
On Information and Communication Technology, Museveni said this should work alongside the industry for innovations and improving existing technologies.
He said government is committed to support these programmes through initiatives such as the youth fund and the innovations fund.
“One might add the public service to the above sectors. My view is that some jobs will be created there but it is not a conduit for sustainable wealth creation.”
He added: “So the four above have that advantage over the public service. Lucky enough the situation here can still allow one to switch between these sectors. I urge the youth to take advantage of this fact while it lasts.”