By Benedict Okethwengu
Alur kingdom will on Saturday hold the youth convention, as it seeks to reverse and counter the rising unemployment and illiteracy level among the youths in the kingdom.
At least 8000 youths within and other neighboUring kingdomS are expected to attend the convention, the first of its kind in the history of the region.
The Alur kingdom comprises of Nebbi and Zombo district, and part of its territory extending to Democratic Republic of Congo.
Moses Okwonga, the Director Youth Affairs in Alur Kingdom, told New Vision on Thursday that Alur kingdom has the highest level of youth unemployment and illiteracy level, estimated at 41% and 63% respectively, compared to other kingdoms in the country.
He noted that as result of high level of youth unemployment and illiteracy level, there has been increase in incidences of drug abuse and robbery in the kingdom.
He added that despite the fact that the kingdom is blessed with fertile soil and abundant land, they have failed to seize them as productive asset to kick start a productive enterprise.
He noted that on the contrary youths are becoming more dominant in urban centers that relocating to rural areas to harness the productive opportunity in the agro-business enterprise.
“To reverse and counter the rising unemployment and illiteracy among youths that has resulted in numerous crime, we need to mobilize them to embrace economic production, wealth creation and prosperity for all programmes,” He said.
He said their target is to mobilise and directly sensitise 15,000 youths embrace social and entrepreneurship development in order to reduce unemployment and promote economic prosperity in the kingdom in the next two years. The theme for the convention is United for Prosperity.
He explained that youths across different spectrum will showcase their different products enterprises.
He also revealed that at the occasion, a five-year youth development plan to enable youth embrace prosperity and economic development will be launched.
Okwonga said that invitation has been extended to president Museveni to preside over the convention as the chief guest.
Others guest going to grace the occasion include among others Phillip Olarker Rauni III, the king of Alur Kingdom and the district leaders.
“We are hopeful the president is going to grace the occasion, because prosperity for all is what he been emphasizing,” He said.