Isaac Imaka, the president UPPA supports the need for journalists to benefit from every government program, saying journalists are also part of the larger Ugandan community.
A group of journalists under the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association-UPPA are to receive free seedlings and livestock under the Operation Wealth Creation-OWC program.
At least 69 of the 200 journalists accredited to cover parliament have applied to receive the inputs and livestock, according to Dickens Okello, the UPPA Secretary General.
The journalists applied to receive the inputs after the Government Chief Whip; Ruth Nankabirwa offered to help them to benefit from the program.
In her briefing to journalists in a meeting attended by Lt. Gen Charles Angina, the Deputy Coordinator OWC, Nankabirwa emphasized the need for every Ugandan to get involved in wealth creation.
Nankabirwa said she was motivated to help journalists to benefit from the program so as to help them develop and understand the program.
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In his speech, Gen Angina told journalists that OWC the program was aimed at poverty eradication. He said there was need to change the mindset of people towards agriculture.
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Isaac Imaka, the president UPPA supports the proposal for journalists to benefit from every government program, saying they are part of the larger Ugandan community.
He says journalists shouldn't only look at salaries from their profession but also other sources of income including agriculture.
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Nankabirwa now wants a focal person assigned to work with the parliamentary journalists in a bid to help them benefit from the program.
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Operation Wealth Creation is a government program aimed at enhancing household participation in commercial agricultural production.