By Kampala Post Reporter
Operation Wealth Creation has commenced employment of 70 youth successfully chosen as part of over 1500 applicants for casual work at Goodwill Ceramics factory in Kapeeka, Nakaseke District.
OWC started the recruitment drive in March this year to source labourers at Namunkenkera Industrial Park, which was established to provide employment and spur economic growth.
While flagging off the youth at OWC Headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala on Thursday, the Deputy Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, Lt Gen Charles Angina, said the factory will help reduce on importation of tiles, which has made construction very expensive as well as costing the country a lot of foreign exchange revenue. He added that 90% of the raw materials will be locally sourced from Uganda and only 10% from abroad.
The Managing Director of Goodwill Ceramics, Mr. Zhou Yu, while addressing the media, said the youth will be provided with free accommodation and meals. They will also stand a chance of having up to 50% of their monthly salary in bonuses as a motivation for their commitment to their duties.
Mr. Zhou thanked the government for providing a dedicated 5 megawatt power line directly to the factory to enable stable production.
This first batch of labourers is to be engaged by the factory with more to follow. They will undergo a brief training on tile production as well as machine operation to enable them take over from the Chinese workers who constructed the factory.
Gen Charles Angina cautioned the youth against misconduct and requested them to ensure they remain disciplined to avoid losing their jobs.
The factory, which has taken 9 months to build, will start commercial production within the next 10 days. 65% of the production will be locally consumed while 35% will be exported according to Maj Kiconco Tabaro, OWC Public Relations Officer.
The factory is expected to be commissioned next month.
Maj Kiconco revealed that the plant cost is estimated at U$30M and will have a peak capacity production of over 4000 square meters of tiles per day.