President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday urged youths that want to venture into the business sector to first study the market needs before they launch.
“To the youths, my advice is that you should always first consider the market before choosing a project to focus on,” Museveni, who is also the NRM presidential flag bearer, said.
“This will help in maximizing profits from these projects.”
The president made the remarks while in Rakai district where he met with leaders from Lyantonde, Kyotera and Rakai districts.
According to an official statement, he asked the leaders to stick to the NRM ideology, which emphasizes politics of mobilization, discussion and agreement as opposed to politics of threat and violence.
He also tasked them to educate and sensitize the people on the need to shift from working for their stomachs (subsistence lifestyle).
“This will improve on both their food security and household income,” he said, according to the statement.
Museveni went on to tell the leaders to desist from divisive politics and focus on helping solve the needs of the people.
Rakai district has benefitted immensely under the leadership of NRM and below are some of the key achievements.
Rakai, a district in central region (Buganda), has a total number of 67 parishes, 11 sub counties and 545 villages. There has been social and economic transformation in the district since the NRM government took over power in 1986.
In health, Rakai district has 33 health centre IIs, 8 health centre IIIs, 1 health centre IV and one hospital. The construction of a health centre III in Kiziba Sub County by government is at completion stage.
The local governments of greater Masaka area are expected to construct at least 71 water collection points in Rakai district. The government’s target is to raise coverage to reach 100% starting with the current strategy of providing every village with at least one safe water source. However, using the Conditional Grant under Central Umbrella (Greater Masaka), government is undertaking rehabilitations and extensions on Kamuzinda Piped Water Supply and Sanitation facility serving 1,500 people and 7 villages in Rakai District.
Other on-going water projects in the district include the construction of Buyamba Piped Water Supply and Sanitation system in Rakai District, completion is substantially at 99% with water flowing and also Kifampa-Kibale in the district is still under design.
The planned water projects in Rakai include the construction of Greater Rakai Piped Water Supply and Sanitation System (Rakai, Nsaro, Rumbugu, Bilabago, Buyamba, Rwanda, Dwaniro, Byakabanda, Kamukala, and other en-route Rural Growth Centres (RGCs)
In the infrastructure, the government has undertaken the project to upgrade Ntutsi–Lyantonde–Rakai road (105 km).
Rakai district also has a total number of 11 sub-counties of which 10 are connected to power and one without power, the extension of Electricity is Ongoing in Kibanda Sub County.
In the education, the district has a total number of 121 government primary schools with an enrolment of 67,216 pupils and 209 private primary schools with an enrolment of 28,098 pupils. All the 67 parishes in Rakai district have a government primary school.
In secondary, Rakai has 10 government-aided secondary schools with an enrolment of 3851 students and 15 private secondary schools with an enrolment of 1839 students. Currently, only Kakyera Sub County has no government secondary school but the government is constructing a seed school in the sub-county.
Since the inception of the Women Empowerment programme, a total of 605 Projects worth Ushs3.501billion have been financed in the greater Masaka Sub Region with Rakai having 65 projects funded benefiting 792 women.
In the Youth livelihood programme, a total of 1,225 projects worth Ushs 9 Billion have been funded in Masaka Region. Rakai itself has a total of 153 youth projects funded by government.