The Minister of State for Lands, Housing and Urban Development (Housing), Hon. Persis Namuganza has commended President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for initiating developmental programs such as the Presidential Initiative on Skilling the Girl/Boy Child (PISGBC) that have transformed the lives of Ugandans, especially the youth.
She said the PISGBC project has greatly played an important role in skilling the underprivileged youth in Kampala which in turn has helped to create employment opportunities thus improving their livelihoods.
The Minister made the remarks yesterday as trainees of Nakulabye Skilling Center showcased their products which they have been able to make during the six months of free skills training. The PISGBC project has nine skilling centers spread over the five divisions of Kampala City.
Hon. Namuganza also thanked the State House Comptroller, Ms. Jane Barekye, and the Special Presidential Assistant on Education and Skilling project head, Dr. Faith Katana Mirembe for their vital roles in the success of the project.
She further promised the beneficiaries that she would engage His Excellency, the President to see how they could get a market for their quality products.
The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms. Beti Olive Namisango Kamya-Turomwe also applauded President Museveni for his visionary leadership that has enabled Uganda to reduce the rate of unemployment among the youth through skilling.
She urged the trainees to put their acquired skills to good use so that they could uplift their lives.
The Chairman of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) for Kiruhura District, Mr. Nzaire Sedrack Kaguta emphasized that the project is for all Ugandans irrespective of their political affiliation.
“The money being used in this project is taxpayer’s money, not NRM money, therefore, as parents of underprivileged children you should make sure that your kids benefit from such projects,” said Mr. Nzaire, who is also the National Coordinator of the Revolutionary Guard.
On the other hand, Dr. Katana called upon the business community to stop importing goods produced here such as shoes, and fabrics, among others, before assuring them that Uganda now has thousands of skilled youths who can make quality products ready for consumption.
Ms. Naikazi Sarah, the Administrator of Nakulabye Skilling Center noted that they recruited 420 trainees comprising 52 boys, and 368 girls who have undergone a free six-month training in various vocational disciplines.
She stated that the trainees studied five courses which included Tailoring, Hairdressing, Shoe making, knitting, and embroidery.
The event was also attended by Ms. Aminah Lukanga, the Kampala Resident City Commissioner (RCC), and Dr. Patrick Byakatonda- Director of the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT), among others.