Museveni urges youth to actively engage in economic production

President Yoweri Museveni has urged leaders to step up their efforts to sensitize youth to actively engage in economic production to improve their standards of living.

The President said this during the commemoration of the International Youth Day at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds under the theme; “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”.

“You the youth leaders should be clear, because if you are not, you are going to kill your own people.  Stop being polite to people who are not working. Stop wasting your time and engage in production to be able to live purposeful lives,” he said.

Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world, with 78% of the country being under the age of 30. According to reports, in the next 20 years the world’s population is projected to increase by a further 2 billion.

President Museveni who made a reference to his own personal journey ‘working while still young’ urged them to engage in commercial agriculture, adding that government jobs are so few and can’t employ all the youth.

The President urged the youth to engage in the four sectors of the economy including commercial agriculture, industries, services and ICT. He noted that the NRM government has been very clear about wealth creation through these sectors.

He appealed to the youth leaders to support the parish model to consolidate government efforts of creating wealth and fighting poverty saying that the majority of the people live in villages. He said the government is committed to putting more funds to fight poverty.

The Gender and Social Development Minister, Betty Amongi applauded the government for creating a favorable environment for the youth to work. Amongi noted that the surge in population was due to deliberate government programs to improve the health of its people.

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