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Over 200 Graduate at Bunyoro Zonal Industrial Hub

Graduates show their excitement during the First Cohort graduation ceremony at the Bunyoro Industrial Hub in Myeeba Nyakaronga Village, Kimengo Sub-county, Masindi District on 5th January 2022. Photo by PPU/ Tony Rujuta.

Hon. Aled Ronald Akugizibwe, the Buruuli County legislator has called upon members of the Legislature and Executive to work together and come up with startup capital/kits for the graduates as this will help them become job creators and put their skills into practice. 

“The fact is these people now have skills, if they don’t have what to use, their skills will go to waste.” Akugizibwe highlighted.

Akugizibwe made these remarks at the graduation ceremony of students at Bunyoro Zonal Industrial hub at Myeeba Nyakarongo village, Kimengo sub-county, in Masindi district on Thursday.

 Ms. Jane Barekye the State house comptroller who represented the H.E the President advised youth in Bunyoro sub-region to be job creators rather than being job seekers.

“H.E the President has a vision of scaling down unemployment rates especially among the youth and stimulate industrial production in the country through Zonal Industrial Hubs. Please make his vision come true by using your acquired skills to create jobs that will transform Uganda’s economy,” Ms.Barekye highlighted.

Bunyoro Zonal Industrial hub graduated 209 students who had successfully completed their five months free training in different vocational disciplines that included tailoring, carpentry, welding, and hairdressing.

The State House Comptroller also encouraged the beneficiaries to put the acquired skills into good use in order to help Uganda achieve the desired socio-economic transformation.

The State House Comptroller Jane Barekye (center) cutting the cake with students, local leaders in tutors during the First Cohort graduation ceremony at the Bunyoro Industrial Hub in Myeeba Nyakaronga Village, Kimengo Sub-county, Masindi District on 5th January 2022. Photo by PPU/ Tony Rujuta.

“The President realized that life does not stop at degrees only, you can earn from your hands even when you’re not educated and it’s the very reason, he initiated the Zonal Industrial Hubs to skill you irrespective of your academic background. Now use those skills to change your lives, your families and the economy of Uganda.”

Barekye later advised the grandaunts to embrace government development programs such as Parish Development Model (PDM) as this will help them fight unemployment.

In her speech, Hon. Florence Asiimwe Akiiki, the Masindi District Woman Member of Parliament advised the graduates that when they join the money economy, they should be humble with good customer care if they are to grow their businesses. 

Prince Daudi Chwa the Minister of Investment, Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom commended President Museveni for equipping Bunyoro youth with employable skills through the Industrial Zonal Hub. “Hands on skills being offered by the hub are very important. All of us cannot afford to go to universities so the President’s idea of setting up these industrial hubs to skill our vulnerable youth is excellent. With the skills acquired, we are very sure,  these graduates will not remain the same in society,  they will greatly transform our country.” He added.

Eng. Raymond Kamugisha, the Director Presidential projects and Industrial hubs at State House highlighted the criteria followed to select trainees and he said the beneficiaries were selected basing on their willingness and they were supposed to be between 18 to 35 years of age regardless of their academic backgrounds.

“Every sub region has an Industrial Hub and the purpose is to skill people in their respective local languages. We admit people by will as long as you are ready to learn, you are welcome to this hub. We don’t mind whether you know English or not the instructors here are your children from Bunyoro, and they can teach in the respective local language,” Eng. Kamugisha noted. 

In her speech, Ms. Turyahebwa Scovia Agatha, the Manager of Bunyoro Zonal Industrial Hub informed Ms. Barekye that the hub admitted 220 students from 10 administrative units that included Masindi district, Masindi Municipality, Hoima district, Hoima City, Kikube district, Kagadi district, Kakumiro district, Bulisa district, Kiryandongo district and Kibaale district whereby each was given a slot of 22 trainees.

The successful beneficiaries that included 101 males and 98 females received DIT level I Certificates upon completion of the five months training.

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