Rubaga Youth Furious over Delayed Youth Fund


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viagra online geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The multi-billion programme was launched early this year by President Museveni to economically empower the youth to start commercial projects especially in agriculture.

The youth claimed that while 500 youth groups applied for funds, only 35 were confirmed to receive money.

During the stormy meeting, the National Youth leader from the Ministry of Gender, Steven Kavuma, urged youth to remain calm and patient as their requisitions are being processed.

Some of the youth whom Chimpreports talked to said “there is a lot of paper work that needs to be reduced if the youths are to benefit from this fund.”

Rubaga Division Youth Chairman, Abdul Kitatta claimed there is a lot of bureaucracy in KCCA and other government agencies which at times frustrated the youth in applying for for the funds.

Gender Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana maintains paperwork is essential in tracking the successfulness of the projects and for accountability and transparency purposes.

“Government is now taking a deliberate step to address the challenge of this high poverty and unemployment among the youth, through a more feasible and sustainable intervention that increases the participation of the youth in economic activities,” said Bigirimana.

He said this would involve enhancement of skills and provision of technical and financial support to enable the youth establish marketable and viable enterprises.

The youth constitute 21.3 percent of the total population of Uganda, translating into 6.5million people.

With an annual population growth rate averaging 3.2 percent (1.3m) people, this category of the population is projected to hit 7.7 million by 2015.

According to Uganda Bureau of Statistics Youth Employment Report for 2012, a total of 4.4 million youth constitute the total labour force projected to 12 million by 2015.

18 percent of the youth are jobless out of which about 2 million are literate.

The Ministry of Finance statistics show that another 2 million youth are under employed and 50 percent of economically active youth are not engaged in income-generating employment.

A study by government shows that the large number of youth that enter the labour market at an early age is associated with high school dropout rates such that by the age of 18 years, it is estimated that about 67 percent of youth are in some form of employment.


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