Museveni To Youth: Ignore “Condom Confusion”


visit web geneva;”>“Tea, viagra 40mg olives, dates and mulberry, among other trees, offer economic value to wananchi who grow them.

Those trees also contribute to the national efforts geared to the protection and conservation of our environment”, he said.

The President was Saturday addressing a group of young people who are members of the “Youth-Go-Green-Campaign” at State House, Entebbe. The members are dedicated to planting trees along Uganda’s national corridors in conjunction with the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) with the aim of planting 1 million trees per year so that in the next 5 years the country would have 10 million trees in place, an effort that would go a long way to protect and conserve the national environment.

The “Youth-Go-Green-Campaign” members were also joined at the meeting, by representatives from the Rwenzori area, Stanbic group, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), UNAIDS, the National Forestry Authority (NFA), Uganda AIDS Commission and a number of Secondary Schools namely Nabisunsa Girls, Mengo, Bweyogerere, Rwamusa, Jinja, East High Ntinda, Nambole as well Makerere University, Kampala International University and Kansanga-based International University of East Africa (IUEA).

The President said that Uganda faces 3 categories of environmental threats – those that are global in nature and caused by the greed of the developed world. He said that greed leads to the generation of green house gases such as methane and carbon dioxide which are harmful to the atmospheric ozone layer.

The other threats are embodied in the regional and national category that cause the drying up of the wetlands. He noted that detrimental activities like rice growing, cattle farms and cultivation of Irish potatoes, among others, had been carried out in a number of wetlands in the country.

The President also enumerated what he termed the local/micro threats, that he observed, were caused by the destruction of the environment at the hill-tops, the cutting of trees near lake shores, overgrazing, cultivation on hill-sides and bush burning. He said such activities lead to the silting of rivers and lakes, soil erosion and the crusting of soil.

Mr Museveni observed that lack of electricity and the slow pace of industrialization of our economies, contributed much to the keeping of the populations too dependent on wood and charcoal fuel as sources of energy. He also said overfishing in lakes and rivers and settlements by humans had contributed immensely to the pollution of the water bodies in the developing world.

The President called for generation of more electricity and industrialization to protect lakes, wetlands, hillsides and forests. He encouraged people that are currently engaged in diverse farming activities to plant more trees and endeavour to follow the basic agricultural practices such as contour farming on hillsides and mulching, to combat soil erosion.

Mr. Museveni noted that research had revealed that more people are engaged in agricultural activities in the developing world that lead to environment degradation. He said in Uganda, 82% of the population is in agriculture, Kenya 75%, Tanzania 80% and Nigeria 70% compared to UK’s 1.4%, USA 7% and South Korea 6.4%.

Addressing himself to health issues that affect the youth, President Museveni strongly advised them to go back to his original “gospel” of Abstinence and Faithfulness strategies in combating the deadly HIV/AIDS scourge. He asked them to ignore the ongoing confusion about condoms and male circumcision and said that these only benefit the manufacturers of condoms who are just trying to sell their products and are not mindful of the recent raise in the HIV/AIDS infection rates, especially among the youth and young adults’ age groups.

The President handed over to the Go-Green-Campaign group, a detailed document on the eco-system that, he said, would help them to educate the masses on the conservation of the environment for the future generations.

State Minister for Environment, Hon. Nabugera Munaaba Flavia, commended President Museveni for his commitment to the conservation of the environment. She pledged the mobilization of the youth and women to join the Go-Green-Movement.

General Elly Tumwine, Chairman of the “Youth-Go-Green Movement”, said the campaign is a unifying factor in Uganda with a major aim of mobilizing at least 1 million youth to plant 1 million trees per year to protect and conserve the environment for the future generations. He appreciated the President’s involvement in the campaign since its initial stages and pledged commitment, on behalf of the Go-Green-Movement, to reversing the destruction of the environment in Uganda today.

General Tumwine later bestowed on the President the title of Champion of the Go-Green-Movement. Parliamentary Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, is the Patron of the Go-Green-Movement.

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