A group of 91 youthful men has today been flagged off to work in Abu Dhabi for a starting contract of two years under the labor exporting company, Middle East Consultants Limited (MEC).
The send-off ceremony was held at the company offices in Muyenga and officiated by the Chief Executive Officer Gordon Mugyenyi.
Mugyenyi, speaking at the occasion, said MEC has secured jobs with the biggest oil company in Abu Dhabi for the youths who will be earning a whooping monthly salary of Shs1.6m, which is exclusive of overtime wages.
He also noted that the Oil Company needs more 309 workers.
Mugyenyi urged the young fellows to use their time abroad productively as they are the next drivers of the country’s progress to the middle income status.
To achieve that, he advised them to maintain discipline since it is a key principle of success, adding that he will make sure anyone who disobeys the set rules is brought back before their contracts end.
“Discipline is everything when one is working abroad, we as Middle East Consultants have helped you get a new start in life and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is always making efforts to protect Ugandans who are employed in Middle East countries so the ball is in your hands to save well and be better citizens when you return. Do not forget where you come from or the people back home that sacrificed so much to help you get these jobs,” he said.
To ensure the youths don’t waste their heard earned money, Mugyenyi has started visiting them while they are both abroad and at home to keep monitoring their progress.
What the youths say
Robert Ssemwogerere, 29, who holds a Bachelors of Arts in Education from Makerere University, told ChimpReports that he decided to go abroad because he wouldn’t meet his expectations while here.
Ssemwogere said he has been teaching in private secondary schools from the time he finished university but “the rewards weren’t worth it” so he has decided to try working beyond boarders.
Commenting on the negativity people attach to working in Middle East, he believes “people who suffer from there are those taken without work permits and unlicensed companies.”
For Mark Ahumuza, an industrial chemist, he said he couldn’t get a job after campus so he decided to operate a Mobile Money business which also didn’t bring in enough capital.
It is on that background he asked his parents to contribute on what he had accumulated to raise the funds to work in Middle East.
“Let me also my lack abroad and see what comes out,” he said smiing.
When asked how he will use his money; Peter Oketch, 25, said he will buy land to expand on what the family has when he returns and also secure money to purchase a car.