By Kampala Post Reporter
President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development for focusing the theme of this year’s Labour Day celebrations on the strategic development of infrastructure that the government has tailored for job creation in Uganda.
“The theme of the day as identified by the Ministry is a clearheaded slogan linked to infrastructure building in order to create jobs,” he said. The President was addressing the nation during national celebrations marking International Labour Day that took place at Patongo Akwee Primary School grounds, Agago District in Northern Uganda on Wednesday.
The celebrations which were also attended by Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda and Deputy Chief Justice, Owiny Dollo, among others, saw the decoration of a number of Ugandans with medals in appreciation of their diverse contributions in the service of their country.
The theme of the celebrations evolved on ‘promoting employment through enhanced public infrastructure development’. The President emphasised the need for the country to optimise employment opportunities through the establishment of public infrastructure to aid job creation targeting the youth. The President used the occasion to re-affirm to the people of Uganda that the nation continues to grow because of infrastructure growth and the prevailing peaceful environment.
Mr. Museveni, therefore, advised the people of the Acholi Sub-Region in Northern Uganda to embrace modern commercial methods of agriculture to create jobs for others rather than waiting for foreign investors to create jobs for them. He also stressed the observance of hygiene and nutrition, among others, because it is an important aspect that enables people undertake their production activities to create wealth in their homesteads.
On the reported cattle rustling activities, the President assured the residents of Agago District that the Government will address that challenge whereby a permanent LDU unit will be allocated to the area until a big Police Force is brought.
During the celebrations, the President launched an Employment Diagnostic Analysis Report and also issued dummy cheques to women enterprise and youth livelihood program groups from the districts of Agago, Aleptong, Amuru, Apac, Kitgum, Kole, Lamwo, Lira, Omoro, Oyam, Otuke and Kitgum Municipality. The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hajat Janat Mukwaya, commended Agago District Administration for ensuring successful celebrations. Agago South Constituency MP, Makmot Odong, in whose area the celebrations took place, reported that the area is a stronghold of NRM.