Hon. Dr. Gen. Moses Ali the deputy Prime Minister has lauded President Museveni for his unwavering leadership aimed at addressing critical issues like youth unemployment in Uganda.

He expressed gratitude towards the President for spearheading initiatives such as Industrial Hubs, which aim to equip young Ugandans with skills tailored to meet market demands.

“We are indebted to His Excellency the President for his dedication to finding practical solutions to the challenges facing Ugandan youth, particularly unemployment and skills mismatch. His guidance has led to the establishment of initiatives like the Industrial Hubs, which play a crucial role in empowering our youth with relevant skills for the real economy,” Gen. Moses Ali stated.

Gen. Ali, also the Member of Parliament for Adjumani West Constituency, delivered these remarks as the Chief Guest at the inaugural graduation ceremony of the Madi subregion Industrial Zonal Hub in Adjumani district on April 19, 2024. His speech was read by Dr. Oboka George, MP for Madi constituency and Vice Chairperson of the Madi Parliamentary Group and West Nile Parliamentary Caucus.

A total of 450 students from Moyo, Adjumani, and Obongi districts in the Madi sub-region successfully completed vocational training in disciplines such as Tailoring and Design, Hairdressing and Makeup, Building and Construction Practice, Carpentry & Joinery, Welding and Metal Fabrications, Bakery & Confectionery, and Leather Processing (Shoe Making).

According to Gen. Moses Ali, these skills are in high demand within Uganda and the wider East African Community (EAC) market, yet are often not taught in traditional educational systems.

“This graduation ceremony is a testament to the success of the presidential initiative aimed at improving the livelihoods of our youth. I congratulate the graduates and urge them to utilize the skills acquired to enhance their own lives, support their families and communities, and contribute to national development,” Gen. Ali emphasized.

He further encouraged young women who participated in the program to actively engage with local leadership structures to ensure more girls access these skills, emphasizing the importance of empowered women in community development.

State House Comptroller Jane Barekye thanked the Ministry of Education and the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) for ensuring the legal recognition of the certificates awarded to the graduates.

Training in the Presidential Skilling Hubs is overseen by the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT), with Deputy Director Assessment and Certification Dr. Michael Okumu highlighting its alignment with the 2021-2026 NRM Manifesto’s goal of creating jobs and fostering prosperity.

The ceremony, attended by Resident District Commissioners, LC5 Chairpersons, Accounting Officers, and parents, showcased the success stories of skilled youths who expressed gratitude to President Museveni for the opportunities provided.

President Museveni’s vision of establishing Industrial Hubs across the country has led to the operationalization of 19 zonal hubs nationwide, offering hands-on training, value addition, and common user facilities.

Monica Mbabazi

Monica Mbabazi is a celebrated multimedia Ugandan Journalist currently working as a news anchor on Top Radio and BTM Television. She is also a writer with Plus News Uganda.

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