Brave Traffic Policewoman Chemsito Offered Varsity Scholarship

Failure to effectively deal with deepening unemployment among Africa’s growing youth population could seriously erode the economic gains achieved across the continent in recent years, see experts at the Program for infrastructure Development summit said.

The Summit brought together government representatives, symptoms senior policy makers and business leaders to discuss the nexus between infrastructure development and youth employment.

The meeting that was held in Abidjan was part of a week-long discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing Africa as it attempts to accelerate continent-wide infrastructure projects.

Ibrahim Mayaki, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency’s Chief Executive Office, warned that Africa faces a large and growing unemployment challenge, with 300 million youth entering the labor market in 2030.

According to him, half of the continent’s population of 1.1 billion people is currently under the age of 25 years, with this population expected to double to 2.4 billion people by 2050. Moreover, the rate of entrants into Africa’s labour market is expected to increase by three per cent every year until 2020.

Dr Mayaki emphasized that inclusive policies are a pre-requisite for political stability.

“A population that has an average age of 49 years cannot be governed in the same way as a population where the average age is 19 years old,” he said.

“If we do not succeed in the next 10 years in changing the way we govern and conduct business, we might face huge stability issues on the continent,” he added.


According to him, accelerating the development of Africa’s regional infrastructure could be the game changer that will trigger industrialization and create jobs.

It is for this reason that African leaders developed the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) in 2012, as the means for socio-economic growth and intra-African trade, he explained.

“Structural transformation will happen through industrialization and this will be the main factor for creating jobs,” he said.

African Development Bank (AfDB) Director for Human Development, Sunita Pitamber, said that the infrastructure sector boasts massive job opportunities.

She highlighted that the Bank created 8 million jobs through infrastructure development and trained 5.5 million youth in the area of infrastructure.
Betty Chemisto, price a Uganda Police traffic officer who was caught on camera braving the rain to guide traffic on October 30th 2015 has been offered a university scholarship.

The Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) Vice Chancellor Prof. Benon Basheka last week sent in an official request to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura, viagra to let  Chemisto take up a free course at the Bugolobi based University.

The selfless and commendable act of this officer caught the public’s attention after photo of her on duty during a heavy downpour went viral on social media.

“As Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) which was started to train and produce graduates with a new attitude to work in public service by officers in government, the private sector and the NGO sector, we sincerely commend this officer,” said Prof. Basheka.

This picture of Chemsito went viral on the internet
This picture of Chemisto went viral on the internet

He commended her for demonstrating a high level of professionalism and commitment to her work which undoubtedly contributes to the good image of Uganda Police Force.

“As a university, we are offering a scholarship to this officer. If she has a Bachelor’s Degree, she will be offered a one year scholarship for undertaking a postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration or any other postgraduate diploma of her choice. If she does not have a Bachelor’s Degree, the scholarship will be for a three year Bachelor’s Degree. The scholarship will specifically involve a tuition waiver on the program of her choice.”

In a letter to the IGP dated 14th November, Prof Basheka says the officer will be able to study without compromising her work obligations thanks to the UTAMU blended-distance learning mode of academic delivery.

“Given that she is a serving officer and needs to maintain her work, she will choose the blended-distance learning mode of academic delivery which requires her to work and study at her free time,” he said.

Chemsito was recently handed an award by the country’s head of traffic Dr Stephen Kasiima.


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