President Yoweri Museveni who is also the NRM Presidential flag-bearer in the upcoming general elections urged the youth to exploit the youth fund provided by government and engage in projects that can improve their welfare.
He added that if they did this, then they would be able to live well without first waiting for government intervention.
The President was yesterday meeting with the youths from Karamoja region at Boma Grounds, Moroto districts.
“If you have an income, even if there is no government hospital, you can go to a private school. There is nothing you cannot do without money. That’s why you should strive to engage some income project. Even if the road from here to Kotido is bad, if you have pigs or honey in a Jerry can, would they refuse to go to the market? He asked.
He reiterated that because government could not do each and everything because it has to prioritize, it was upon the youths to use the funds given to them by government to use it as capital to develop themselves.
He noted that the youths must spend their years of energy well by fearing God, desist from living promiscuous lives that would affect their health and aspire to live peaceful lives as they go about their activities.
In their memorandum presented to the President, the youth of Karamoja requested for capital to boost their small businesses such that they can improve their welfare. On matters of education, there was a request for more vocation schools to be built in the region as the region had only four of them.
Speaking about ICT, there was a request for the construction of ICT centres in the different districts such that the youths can be able to familiarize themselves and move with the global trends of the world, to which the President pledged to do.
On agriculture, there was a request for more equipment to assist in opening up of enough land to carry out commercial agriculture.