The scheme is meant to offer skills to thousands of children who graduate from universities with knowledge and no practical skills to fit within the job market. It is based on the fact that a number of Universities immensely focused on literacy and numeracy skills as opposed to practical skills.
Jjuuko Kasiita, the Lwengo District Resident Commissioner indicates that the beneficiaries lack skills to effectively manage the income generating projects. Kasiita explains that some of the groups were created out of excitement and anxiety regardless of their capacity and financial management skills required.
Led by the Kitgum Municipality Youth Councilor Noe Opoka, the enraged youth from Pager; Central and Pandwong Divisions demanded explanation from the Municipal Community Development Officer, Michael Kilama why there has been delay to disburse funds meant for 17 groups.
The CAO, in her January 30th reply to the Ministrys Permanent Secretary argued that the district will be overwhelmed as it was hosting the 38th Tarehe Sita anniversary on February 6, and subsequently International Janani Luwum Day on 16 February.
This is according to a new report from the 2018 Uganda Violence against Children Survey undertaken by the Ministry of Gender in selected districts across the country. The study sought to establish prevalence, nature and consequence of violence against children in Uganda.
Irene Cheluk, one of the beneficiaries of FAL in Alakas Village, Amudat Sub County says the program has helped her to differentiate immunization cards of her children from other documents in the house.
Bagirimana has written to Lwengo district Chief Administrative Officer instructing him to withhold Shillings 241.4 million, meant to finance 22 youth enterprise projects that had been selected to benefit from the Youth Livelihood Program this financial year.
The Lwengo district youth council led by their chairperson Ibrahim Kitatta, accuse members of the district executive committee for manipulating the selection process of the beneficiaries, to meet their selfish interests.
The Ministry of Gender has announced that effective July 1, 2019; only persons aged above 80 will be included on the new list of SAGE recipients. But the change will not affect senior citizens aged above 65 that have been benefiting from the project since its inception.
The annual award recognizes talents in Gospel, Hip Hop, MCing and DJing amongst others. It awards talents in forms of Best Music Artist of the Year and the Best Female Artists of the Year amongst others.
URN visited Chepterere Cell in Bukwo Town Council and found several elders living in deplorable conditions. Siteya Chemonges, an elder of 80 years survives on leftovers of posho without sauce from neighbors.
Frank Mugabi, the Communications Officer Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, says the funding difficulties have forced the Ministry to ration funds among few women groups well below their intended annual target.
Last week, the police and the community Development Officers launched an operation to arrest the defaulters. At least 20 youths have so far been arrested on orders of Amis Asuman Masereka, the Bukomansimbi district Chief Administrative Officer.