Winners of the recently concluded 2017 Young Achievers Awards have been handed cash prizes by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde for their exceptional accomplishments and impact on society.
While attending the awards ceremony held on Saturday last week, Minister Kyambadde made a Shs500,000 individual pledge to each of the winners of accolades.
However, following an intervention by President Museveni after the ceremony, the lucky achievers were surprised at last minute to learn that the token had been scaled up to a sum of Shs5 million each.
The group of 9 individuals who won in categories of; innovations and ICT, farming and Agro Processing, media, business, social entrepreneurship, music, sports, photography and fashion received the cash prize on Wednesday afternoon at the Ministry of Trade headquarters.
The money, according to Minister, is support from the government to scale up their ideas and innovations.
“I had promised to hand each of you 500,000 shillings but when the president (H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) heard d about this, he called me and directed me that the government will give each of the winners Ush 5,000,000,” Kyambadde said at the meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Humphrey Nabimanya the Team Leader and Founder of Reach a Hand Uganda, called on the government to invest in young people if we are to realize their potential.
He also emphasized that the Young Achievers Awards as a program would connect both the nominees and winners to opportunities with lawyers, funders and mentors to help them become better entrepreneurs, innovators and change agents.
Awel Uwihanganye, one of the Co-Founders of the Young Achievers Awards thanked the government for supporting youth livelihoods projects like the awards that reward innovation, excellence and hard work of young people.
Zilla Mary Arach, the 2017 Overall Young Achiever, gave a note of thanks to the awards organizers Reach A Hand Uganda together with partners who have are inspiring young people to live up to their dreams and aiding their launch pads using the Young Achievers Awards platforms.