Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate the International Labour day on Wednesday May 1st.
The national celebrations will be held Agago District, at Patongo Akwee Primary School playground in Patongo Town Council.
This year’s celebration will be held under the theme “Promoting employment through enhanced public Infrastructure development” based on the premise that Uganda’s investment in public Infrastructure like roads, rail, power Dan’s, power transmission, oil refinery will eventually solve Uganda’s unemployment problems.
“Apart from creating jobs on their own, these investments will continue to bring down the cost of doing business which will in turn attract private investment and create more jobs for the people of Uganda. It is indisputable that infrastructure development HSS a multiplier effect on investment and job creation” states the Youth Minister at the ministry of Gender Labour and social Development, Florence Nakiwala Kiyinji.
Minister Nakiwala says Uganda has been experiencing challenges in providing decent employment opportunities and job creation, however with the increased public Infrastructure investments, this challenge will be addressed.
“Furthermore, the theme is in line with inspiration of second National Development Plan which aims to propel the country towards middle income status by 2020 through strengthening the country’s competitiveness for sustainable wealth creation, decent employment and inclusive growth” she states
According to her, Uganda needs to put more effort in sustaining the ongoing government efforts to implement the strategic infrastructure and industrial projects identified in the National Development Plan 11, developing National guidelines on mainstreaming employment creation in infrastructure projects and integrating employment impact assessment on social impact assessment and infrastructure projects
“Government needs to make employment creation one of the measurable indicators of success of every infrastructure project, need to encourage adoption of technology to support both efficiency and high employment impact of infrastructure projects but also promote social safeguards in infrastructure projects including promotion and protecting of workers in infrastructure projects” she adds.
“We therefore call on government, all category of investors and other stakeholders to redesign and review their policies, laws, strategies and programs with the view of increasing job and employment opportunities for the working age population that increased to 19.1m in 2016/2017 from 16.5 million in 2012/2013 according to the National Household Survey for 2016/2017” Nakiwala states