Business
Take advantage of youth programmes – Muyingo
Publish Date: Sep 03, 2014
Take advantage of youth programmes – Muyingo
Minister of State for Higher Education John Chrysestom Muyingo; Principal of Makerere Institute for Social Development, Akiiki Byaruhanga and Consul of Pakistan in Uganda, Dr. Boney Katatumba (right) during 10th graduation of Makerere Institute for Social Development at main campus in Kampala on August 8, 2014. Photo/Mary Kansiime
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Andrew Masinde and Raymond Baguma  

The minister for high education John Chrysostom Muyingo has advised out-of-school youths to take advantage of existing government programmes targeting youth, in order to create jobs and fight poverty.

“Government has created programmes such as the Youth Livelihood Programme with sh19 billion in the last financial year. And this financial year there will be sh30 billion for youth. I advise you to position yourselves and access the money,” Muyingo said.

The minister was chief guest at the 10th graduation ceremony for Makerere Institute for Social Development (MISD). The institution is affiliated to Makerere University Business School.

Students of Makerere Institute for Social Development during their 10th  graduation at main campus in Kampala Photo/ Mary Kansiime 

A total of 335 students were awarded diplomas and certificates in various disciplines such as secretarial studies, counseling, business administration, computer science, and journalism. Other courses include accounting and finance, development studies, procurement, project planning and management as well as information technology.

“Government has created an environment to make you better. There is also the student loan scheme for those who want to pursue further studies,” minister Muyingo added.

He said that only six percent of Ugandans possess higher education qualifications, yet for economic take-off, a country should have at least 40 percent of its population with higher education qualification.

“That’s why we encourage individuals to invest in education. We attach importance to what the private sector is doing for the country. It’s the responsibility of government to educate citizens; but the work is a lot for the government to do,” said Muyingo.

He advised the management of MISD to alter the building plan by installing an elevator to cater for the physically disabled students and they sick who may not be able to use the stairs.

He advised the graduands to promote the virtues of honesty, respect for others, self-control, discipline, patience, ambition and love for God if they are to succeed in life. He also advised them to seek opportunity and pursue further studies to improve on their academic qualifications.

The Principal of the institute, A.M Byaruhanga said that high taxes levied by Government on private education institutions are preventing people from accessing education; and asked government to be lenient.

The graduation was attended by the Emeritus Bishop of Hoima Catholic diocese Edward Baharagate; the institution’s patron Boney Katatumba; and Bishop Hannington Mutebi the bishop of Kampala diocese.

Education consultant Fagil Mandy encouraged the graduands to embrace the Skilling Uganda programme and train themselves in skills such as cookery, hairdressing, and vehicle mechanics.

Also related to this story

Gov’t starts youth livelihood program

Youth unemployment is most pressing problem - Govt

Dutch envoy tips Ugandan youth on jobs

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
India
Hundreds of India's companies have failed to find women for their boards despite a last-minute rush to meet a mandatory deadline to appoint at least one female director....
Regional ICT summit opens in Mombasa
The inaugural regional ICT summit dubbed Connect East Africa Summit has opened in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa....
Delay in passing legislation affecting microfinance sector
The delay in passing tier four legislation is affecting coordination and focused growth of the microfinance sector, according a new report....
Smartphone sales on the rise in East Africa
A few years ago, owning a smartphone was something to thump your chest about. Those days are becoming increasingly numbered...
MTN awards outstanding Ugandan women
The 2015 edition of MTN Women in Business Awards have seen Mrs. Barbara Ofwono, the proprietor of Victorious Schools scoop the overall Award of MTN Women in Business SME CEO of the year, applause for outstanding use of MTN Business’s overall service /prepositions to grow her business from one small...
Museveni to Asia: Uganda ready for investment
President Yoweri Museveni has called on the Asian bloc to work with the Africa to guarantee a shared prosperous future.“When we hear that the Asian countries are working “towards a Community of Common Destiny,” we are very happy. The Asian bloc should work with the African Continent to guarantee a...
Should police arrest parents who do not take their children to school?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter