By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. President Yoweri Museveni has urged the youth, especially the girl child, to use the skills they have acquired to be self-reliant and fight poverty out of their homes and communities.
“Wake up so that we help you to get out of poverty and create jobs,” he said.
The President was on Friday speaking at the 2nd graduation ceremony of the Presidential Initiative on Skilling the Girl Child that took place at Kololo Independence Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala.
The project saw over 4,000 girls graduate after undergoing training in weaving, knitting, bakery, shoe-making, hair dressing and tailoring, among others.
President Museveni noted that Uganda in particular and Africa in general are very rich adding that there is no reason why people should be poor.
He attributed poverty to disorientation of some groups who have been rejecting to listen to what the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government has been telling them. He, therefore, advised the youth to use local materials to produce for both local and international markets.
He congratulated the granduands for successfully completing their training and commended the leaders, especially the State House Comptroller, Mrs. Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye for managing the project well.
The President handed over an assortment of equipment and tools to the best performers adding that all the granduands will be supported with equipment and Shs.1million as starting capital. He also pledged Shs.200 million and Shs.60 million to students and to the teachers’ SACCOs respectively.
The NRM Secretary General Hon. Kasule Lumumba thanked the President for the initiative, which she said, is aimed at strengthening the most vulnerable group.
The State House Comptroller, Mrs. Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye congratulated the granduands upon their achievements in various courses and advised them to be innovative. She saluted the President for financial support to the project.