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During a presentation of investment prospects for their region at the Gudie Leisure Farm Training Center in Najjera on Tuesday, the youth representing various parishes passionately articulated the necessity for heightened business activity. They perceive this as a pathway to break free from the reliance on relief aid that has been impacting the local population.
A group of young people from the Acholi
sub-region has underscored the significance of
generating more business opportunities in their locality. They firmly believe that fostering such opportunities
will foster self-reliance among the local population, thus reducing their
dependence on relief aid and charitable handouts.
The Acholi sub-region has grappled with economic challenges,
particularly in the wake of the protracted rebel Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA
insurgency. Historically, the region's path to recovery has heavily relied on
relief donations and government interventions, notably the Northern Uganda
Social Adjustment Fund (NUSAF).
During a presentation of investment prospects for their region at
the Gudie Leisure Farm Training Center in Najjera on Tuesday, the youth
representing various parishes passionately articulated the necessity for
heightened business activity. They perceive this as a pathway to break free
from the reliance on relief aid that has been impacting the local population.
This group of motivated young people, numbering over 4,200, is
organized under the banner of the Gudie Leisure Farm Parish Entrepreneurship
Learning Associations (PELA). Two representatives from Gulu and Nwoya presented
their collective aspirations. Andrew Respect Onekalit, the PELA district
chairperson for Nwoya, emphasizes that the time is ripe for serious investors
to turn their attention to the region.
The society has made significant strides
in recovering from the war, and there is now an abundance of untapped arable
land, presenting vast opportunities for extensive agriculture.
Onekalit adds that the youth in the region are prepared and eager
to work; what's needed is an injection of investment to provide them with a
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Another promising avenue in the region is tourism. Osborn
Ogwenrwot, the Gulu district PELA chairperson, pointed out that due to the
insurgency, numerous potential tourist sites have remained overlooked. Now is
the opportune moment to rectify this situation, and investors should explore
this promising sector as well.
He remarked, "Although the insurgency
attempted to tarnish our image, that's not who we are. We have places like Fort
Patiko, the Gulu-Gulu cave, rich culture, and captivating traditions—all
awaiting full exploration for the benefit of everyone."
Ogenrwot stressed that, despite their past, they should not be
defined by it, citing 2nd Corinthians 5:17 from the Bible, which states,
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has
gone, the new is here."
Juliana Adyeeri Omara, a renowned fruit farmer and chairperson of
the Nwoya Fruit Growers Association, highlighted the region's gift of natural
flat landscapes. Coupled with the availability of vast, untouched land, this
presents an opportunity for mechanized agriculture.
She explained, "It’s
only in this region where a person can have over 20,000 acres of land, all
cultivated. It's not surprising that it's where the largest number of tractors
in the country are used, opening up opportunities for agri-tourism." Adyeeri also noted the region's rapidly growing population, which
signifies market sustainability and an eager, readily available workforce for
participation in innovative enterprises.
Gudla Nayiga Basazza, the founder of Gudie Leisure Farm,
highlighted that their organization has gone the extra mile to document unique,
unexploited tourism sites. The youth have played a significant role in this
effort through their various PELAs.
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Nayiga believes that all eight districts in the region are
actively engaged in this transformation journey, led by the youth. This is seen
as a promising sign of continuity and progress.