The bursary scheme was launched by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on November 15, 2018 at Hoima Boma grounds in Kahoora Division Hoima Municipality.
President Yoweri Museveni Launching the Albertine Youtrh Bursary scheme at Hoima Boma Grounds in November 2018
A record 4000 youths have applied
for the Albertine region sustainable Development project (ARSDP) Bursary scheme
in Hoima district.
The bursary scheme was launched by
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on November 15, 2018 at Hoima Boma grounds in
Kahoora Division Hoima Municipality.
The scheme is intended to give an
opportunity to 600 youths from 13 districts to acquire knowledge and skills
that will enable them compete favorably in the oil and Gas sector.
Beneficiaries will be drawn from Hoima, Masindi, Buliisa, Kabarole, Kyenjojo
and Kakumiro district. Other districts include Nebbi, Nwoya, Ntoroko, Masindi,
Kiryandongo, Kibaale and Bunyangabu.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on
Monday, Godfrey Sserwanja, the Hoima district Education officer says
4020 picked the forms, filled and returned them to the Hoima district.
He says the application forms have been picked by Ministry of Education
officials and transferred to the Education Ministry for the selection
Sserwanja says the slots given to
Hoima are not enough given the high number of youths who want to join the
He wants government to increase on the number
of slots so that more youths from the district can benefit from the Bursary
President Museveni while Unveiling the scheme last year said that the
government has embarked on projects that are aimed at skilling and equipping
the youth with the necessary knowledge that is crucial in the Oil and Gas
The training is expected to enhance the students' knowledge and skills in order to meet
the demands of the Oil discovery as well as ensuring adherence to the highest
standards of quality, health, safety and environment.
In 2014, the government obtained a
loan of 106.5 Billion Shillings from the World Bank, part of which will be
used to fund the scholarship.
The courses will be taught at Uganda Technical College, Kichwamba and Uganda
Petroleum Institute, Kigumba (UPIK).
The project is expected to support the
learners from the region to undergo six months to one and half year skills
training in the leading institutes of construction, agro-processing, tourism,
Motor Vehicle mechanics, welding and metal fabrication, Plumbing and pipe
fitting and nursing among others in the country.