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“For example, youth money was not to be tied to collateral security like land titles, but to be accessed only through basing on character of an individual. So, once the channels are worked out, you will have something to start with especially in the area of agriculture”, he assured the youth.
The President was Wednesday meeting at State House, Entebbe, over 500 NRM youth leaders from the 4 sub-regions comprising Northern Uganda namely Acholi, Lira, West Nile and Karamoja Sub-regions.
Mr. Museveni, who is also the National Chairman of NRM, discussed with the youth led by their MP, Hon. Evelyn Anite, development issues, especially ways of mitigating unemployment, among other challenges.
He advised the youth that once they receive funds, they should also take interest in small scale industries like maize-milling, rice hullers and milk coolers, among other resource generating activities.
The President told the youth that un-employment can be solved by mainly 4 sectors that include Commercial Agriculture, Industries, Services and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
He urged the youth in the country, who today form 70 percent of the total population of 37 million Ugandans, to shun those who oppose or delay the construction of factories in their areas because such retrogressive elements, he stressed, are their enemies who are killing their jobs.
“So, politically we are not going to tolerate anybody who delays the construction of factories. That is an enemy of the youth. I am not the one who is going to work there, it is you the youth”, he pointed out.
President Museveni also encouraged the youth to monitor the utilization of funds channeled through organizations like Micro-Finance Centres, NUSAF and NAADS.
He told them that the Central Government disburses billions of funds annually to organizations like NAADS but there is no significant impact on the ground regarding the utilization of the funds for development purposes.
President Museveni cited Pallisa district that receives Shs.1.6 billion annually for NAADS programme but half of that money is used for seminars and salaries of NAADS workers.
He informed the youth that with the new experiment of using Army Officers to oversee the distribution of seedlings in areas where the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) used to operate, like in Awere and Atiak in the North and where positive results are now emerging.
He also gave the example of Manafwa district where Lt. Col. Mayeko has distributed 520,000 coffee seedlings using only Shs. 167 million and yet NAADS that received Shs.2.3 billion distributed only 27,000 coffee seedlings. “The money is available but the channel”, he said.
Earlier, President Museveni narrated to the youth the genesis of the NRM Revolution pointing out that it was as a result of the realization in 1965 that political parties of the day did not understand the problems affecting Ugandans in particular and the people of Africa in general.
He said NRM identified 10 strategic bottlenecks that were condensed into 4 political guiding principles. They include Patriotism, Pan-Africanism, Social-Economic Transformation and Democracy.
“Politics is about the diagnosis of society’s problems and priorities. Parties of the 60s had no proper diagnosis of society. That is why they were failing. They couldn’t build the economy, army and political parties. So they resorted to religion”, he said.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah urged the youth to internalize the past history of the country in order to build the future.
“I want you young people to know that for the first 25 years since independence, Uganda has had 9 Presidents and 4 military coups. But for the last 25 years we have had one President. What does that mean? It means stability, Development of Infrastructure and Social Services, among others”, he noted.
He, therefore, called on the youth to ensure that their participation in the politics of the country is shaped within our past history.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of State for the Youth Hon. Ronald Kibuule, the youth MPs as well as the National Chairman of NRM Youth League, Mr. Dennis Namara.