President Yoweri Museveni yesterday officiated at the graduation of 8480 girls trained under the Presidential Initiative On Skilling the Girl Child.
The graduates who were skilled in baking, tailoring and shoe making were part of the programme’s July to December 2018 intake.
They were drawn from areas of Kigowa, Mutundwe, Luzira, Wandegeya, Nakulabye and Katanga in Kampala District.
The President, who earlier toured different exhibition, tasked to use their skills to provide solutions to Uganda’s excessive importation.
He urged the girls to help in the local production of the essential things that Ugandans buy abroad, such as clothes, blankets, carpets and food.
“Africans go and look for jobs outside yet we have the best weather and resources. People in arid places like Dubai are manufacturing furniture which we the people of the tropics go there to buy,” he said.
President Museveni reiterated his plan of forming Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCOs) of the same skill-set in various districts in the country to elevate citizens livelihood.
“We will be doing this all various districts in the country. But for big districts like Kampala, we will treat the Divisions as districts. The same will also apply to big districts like Wakiso.”
On her part, Betty Olive Namisango Kamya the Minister for Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) thanked President Museveni for stepping in for parents who cannot afford to meet their children’s education requirements.
Statehouse comptroller and in charge of this initiative, Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye advised graduates to put their skills to work since this is the overriding objective of this arrangement.
Nakyobe says it will be a waste of money if acquires skills are not applied.