sickness http://curaacufeni.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-media-list-table.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The rapid population growth rate if not well marched with wealth production capacities; Minister Omach projected a looming catastrophe.
Speaking at a public dialogue held ahead of tomorrow’s (Friday) national and global celebrations, Omach congratulated Ugandans upon outshining the world in producing children, but warned of possible dangerous ramifications.
“A population growth of 3.1 per annum, we might just be the third fastest growing nation in the world, which actually presupposes that Ugandans don’t sleep,” he said.
But with about 1.8 million babies being added onto the population every year, the minister said the country had more reasons to worry than celebrate.
Uganda he noted is now faced with a high mountain of turning the predominantly youthful and rapidly growing population into a dividend than liability.
“It is estimated that about 58 percent of Uganda’s population is below the age of 18 years. We must do something to make this population productive and self sustaining, using the abundantly available natural resources,” he said.
For governments like Uganda to be able to turn such a rapid population into dividend, Omach said, could take 15 to 20 years.
“If we do this now, then all the planning we are making: the Vision 2040 and National Development Plans will be in vain.”
He called upon especially youths to embrace the various programs that government is bringing on board such as the Youth Livelihood Project, Students loan scheme and to also to take advantage of the other opportunities like the restructured NAADS program to enhance their incomes.