President Yoweri Museveni has said that the ultimate solution to unemployment in Uganda lies with the country’s industrialization.
He, therefore, reiterated that the National Resistance Movement Government is doing all it takes to avail all the necessary incentives aimed at lowering the cost of doing business in order to attract more industrial investments in the country.
The President made the remarks yesterday at Bushenyi district headquarters where he was a chief guest at the commissioning of the newly constructed Katungu Mother’s Union Centre.
The multi-million accommodation, recreation and conference facility is a project of West Ankole Diocese that is meant to generate revenue for the diocese.
President Museveni who singled out unemployment as one of the major challenges Uganda is faced with said industrialization was key to solving the unemployment problem in the country.
He said that to support the industrialization process, the Government of Uganda, under NRM, had embarked on reducing the cost of doing business in the country by availing the necessary infrastructure that attracts industrial investment such as ensuring enough and affordable electricity, a better road network and a modern communication and data technology.
“We are increasing power generation, working on the road network, the standard gauge railway, undersea cable so as to improve the investment climate and attracting more industries in the country,” he said.
The President, however, said that the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, needs to play their part of offering career guidance to young people in schools about the appropriate courses that are on demand on the labour market.
He further said that emphasis should be put on the acquisition of skills that make learners job creators rather than job seekers.
Mr. Museveni noted that Uganda is at an economic take-off stage adding that every citizen, therefore, has a duty to make a contribution to this crucial economic transitional stage.
He noted that as government continues to play its role of availing the necessary infrastructure, citizens need to play their role to embrace commercial production and get out of poverty.
The President used the occasion to appeal to religious leaders to use their proximity to the population and contribute to the government poverty eradication agenda.
He noted that leaders are the salt of the world and must carry the vision of transformation and ensure that it is implemented for the betterment of society.
“Uganda and Africa in general are blessed with abundant resources, good climate, sufficient rains and sunshine but the challenge has been the leadership and the vision to develop it. When a country lacks vision it perishes,” he said.
He expressed happiness that there is tangible evidence that the people of Bushenyi have adhered to the government poverty eradication message and appealed to the few remaining ones to borrow a leaf from the existing model farmers and engage in commercial production to get rid of poverty.
He congratulated West Ankole Diocese and the Mother’s Union fraternity for successfully undertaking the Union’s centre project that will help generate revenue for the Diocese.
He contributed Shs.200 million towards the completion of the project.
The Minister in Charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere, commended President Museveni for the exemplary leadership he has given to the country and noted that his work as President will leave a lasting legacy that will live as a testimony for generations to come.
The Bishop of West Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Katonene thanked President Museveni for the support he has rendered to West Ankole Diocese with regard to putting up Mother’s Union Centre.
He reported that once functional, the Centre will generate Shs.700 million annually that will greatly help the Diocese fund most of its development projects and programs.