The President made the remarks while he was presiding over the graduation of over 4,400 girls upon completing their six-month training in skills-based courses.
PIC: President Museveni (right) walking into Kololo Independence grounds at the ceremony. (Credit: Miriam Namutebi)
KAMPALA - President Yoweri Museveni has said the youth in the ghettos of Kampala should listen to his political part, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) if they want to improve their way of living in the slums.
"Those in the ghetto, if you want to get out of ghetto, listen to what NRM is telling you. I was in the ghetto, in Katwe, in 1968, fighting Obote and Amin," Museveni said.
The President made the remarks while he was presiding over the graduation of over 4,400 girls upon completing their six-month training in skills-based courses on Friday at Kololo Independence grounds.
The girls attended their courses at various training facilities in Kampala under the presidential initiative on skilling the girl child.
The graduates were trained at Kigowa, Mutundwe, Luzira, Subway, Nakulabye and Wandegeya training centres established specially to implement the presidential initiative.
President Museveni with some of the granduands. (Credit: Miriam Namutebi)
The first cohort of the trainees under the initiative comprised 700 girls trained at Wandegeya and Crested Towers in Kampala. They graduated in June last year.
Museveni said his decision to set up the presidential initiative on skilling the girl child was informed by a desire to demonstrate to Ugandans that girls in urban areas can be retooled and enabled to start businesses.
"I have been telling Ugandans about these things for many years, but they did not listen. I told people in the villages that they need about four acres of land and make money; with that land, one can grow food, fruits and do fish farming," he explained.
The president stated that he resolved to set up demonstration farms in various parts of the country to drive his point home after realising that his verbal prosperity gospel was probably not being appreciated.
"I stopped talking and went and started practical farming. I went and set up the modal farms. I call these farms baalibaseka.
"I also came to town and realised the youth did not have skills, I started this initiative," the president added.