President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has emphasized that the prevailing challenge in Uganda lies not in job scarcity but rather in the attitude and vision of its citizens, who may not fully embrace the message of wealth creation championed by the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

“Instead of focusing solely on job availability, we must address the underlying issue of vision,” he stated during the International Labour Day celebrations at Mukabura Grounds, Fort Portal City.

While commemorating International Labour Day, President Museveni reiterated the importance of recognizing workers’ contributions and advocating for their rights and opportunities.

This year’s theme, “Improving Access to Labour Justice, A Prerequisite for Increased Productivity,” underscores the significance of equitable access to justice in fostering productivity.

Since 1996, President Museveni has advocated for wealth creation, particularly through commercial agriculture. He highlighted the significance of strategic enterprise selection, citing examples of successful models such as Mr. Richard Nyakana of Rwengaju, who generates significant income from dairy and poultry farming on just one acre of land.

Addressing the labor union leaders, President Museveni emphasized the correlation between job creation and wealth generation, stressing that jobs stem from economic prosperity. He underscored the importance of integrating rural areas into the money economy through intensive and extensive agriculture.

In response to challenges such as the tea crisis in the Tooro sub-region and market exploitation by affluent individuals, President Museveni pledged to address these issues and ensure justice for the marginalized.

Additionally, President Museveni highlighted the government’s efforts to facilitate economic development, including initiatives to lower electricity costs and provide affordable financing through the Uganda Development Bank.

The event also witnessed the acknowledgment of 53 distinguished Ugandans for their contributions to workers’ welfare. Minister of State for Labour, Employment, and Industrial Relations.

Hon. Esther Davinia Anyakun, commended President Museveni’s commitment to workers’ welfare and outlined various initiatives aimed at addressing unemployment.

Ambassador of Belgium to Uganda, H.E Hugues Chantry, expressed appreciation for Uganda’s legal framework protecting workers while urging further action to address prevailing challenges.

Chairman General of the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU), Mr. Musa Okello, called for enhanced access to labour justice to boost productivity and economic growth, praising President Museveni for fostering peace and security conducive to investment and employment.

Eng. Silver Mugisha, Chairperson of the Federation of Uganda Employers, thanked President Museveni for his leadership and initiatives to combat corruption and promote investment, highlighting employers’ role in socio-economic transformation.

The event was attended by dignitaries including Vice President H.E Jessica Alupo, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, and other government officials, diplomats, and stakeholders.

Kimera Abdul is a Senior Journalist with Plus News Uganda. He identifies as an adaptable and enthusiastic individual who works to inspire generations. He posses a Diploma and Broadcast journalism and has...

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