The chair person, Education and Sports committee at the parliament of Uganda Jacob Opolot has flagged off the fifth annual Inter-University dialogue.
Upon flagging off the event, Opolot said that the dialogue aimed at helping young people address their sexual reproductive health needs.
He made the remarks on Wednesday, at Makerere University in Kampala district were hundreds of students, religious leaders, intellectuals and professors from various universities gathered.
The dialogue focuses on bringing together Young people, academicians, policy makers, government representatives, university students, civil society, cultural and religious leaders to put minds together to shape discussions about the future and the good health of our young generation.
The event also aims at addressing the young sexual reproductive health needs and creating awareness socio-economic transformation hence developing themselves.
Opolot advised the youth to work hard and achieve the middle income status by the year 2025, saying sexual health must be prioritized.
"Manage yourselves, delay sex, prevent early pregnancy; empower your communities to value the education of their children and scorn child marriages. Young people must invest their youthful years in productive sectors," Opolot said.
He noted that irresponsible sexual health behavior or ignorance of positive sexuality can retard the individual and country's prosperity many years and leads to backwardness.
Opolot also advised religions to preach respect of the sexes, acceptance and recognition of uniqueness between girls and boys, women and men.
"The inter-university dialogue is a good opportunity that should lead to the birth of good ideas and initiatives but also inform the next generation of what the challenges of our times have been, and how they have impeded our growth," Opolot stated.
He added that the dialogue should endeavor in the same spirit to shade a positive light on what stands out in our culture and tradition that when combined with science can stimulate better health and wellbeing of the young people, and preserve future generations.
"I continue to affirm, on behalf of parliament, and government that we remain focused on working with and for young people to innovatively address the sexual health needs of the times," he noted.