PIC: Dr Emmanuel Oboo, the Archbishop of Tororo, addressing the youth during the opening of a four-day annual youth conference at Pallisa SS (Lawrence-Okwakol)
PALLISA - The Archbishop of Tororo Archdiocese, His Grace Dr Emmanuel Obbo, has tasked the youth with creating development groups.
Obbo made the remarks while opening a four-day annual diocesan youth conference at Pallisa Secondary School on Thursday.
The bishop commended the Church’s move to re-engage the youth to become innovative and developmental, saying this will restore hope among the youth and steer development.
“Development cannot be realised when the standard of living of the youth, who constitute over 70%, is poor.
“The youth should not take their frustrations into doing evil acts such as theft, adultery and idling in trading centres, but engage in projects which bail them out of poverty,” Obbo said.
He blamed the massive deaths of the Ugandan youth in Arab countries on poor guidance, saying they want quick money
He urged the probation officers and Police to empower the youth with skills to work in order to avoid indulging in criminal acts.
When Priest Raymond Mukoyonzi, the Sacred Heart Church youth chaplain asked the youth to tell the bishop their challenges, they turned the guns to their elders.
Deogratius Otin Omoding, the youth advisor at St. Austin Catholic Church in Mbale, said most elders have abandoned them.
The bishop, in response to Maria Goretti Kainza, a participant called on the church to initiate development projects so that they do not lose their youth to pentecostal churches.
Obbo said the Catholic Church has a number of projects, which they can tap into.
“The Church has choirs, schools, dispensaries, agricultural projects and financial groups, but what is needed in commitment,” Obbo said.
John Michael Kasajja, the parents, teachers association chairperson of Pallisa Secondary School, said the conference was of great value to the holiday makers.
Julius Okurut the Archdiocesan youth chairperson urged the youth to implement what they had been taught for their own prosperity.
“The youth should stop the desire to acquire quick wealth and take one step at a time,” Okurut said.