Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora affairs Abbey Walusimbi has commended President Museveni for setting up the Presidential Initiative on Skilling the gal and boy child project in Kampala.
He made the remarks while at Mutundwe Skilling Center as trainees showcased the different vocational skills they have attained. The youths totaling 500 enrolled in August 2022 have been undergoing a free training for the past six months and are expected to graduate in March this year. They will be handed with certificates from the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT).
He commended Museveni and the the All Saints church leader Rev. Lumu for the work they have played in facilitating the project.
“I am pleased to note that they have responded to the president’s call on them to attend this Skilling program. Many of these kids were thieves and street kids. These courses are designed to make them prosper” Walusimbi said.
He added that Museveni has empowered youths unlike other leaders who are simply misleading them.
“This project has enabled vulnerable youth with free education. I want to propose that the best students in every section should be enabled to travel abroad as part of the measures to maximize their benefits. I pledge to secure market for your products in the diaspora” he said.
Walusimbi however, urged KCCA leadership to stop harassing and arresting youths who are struggling to sell their finished products within the city.
Meanwhile, project coordinator Dr. Diana Katana commended the instructors for the job well done in training the beneficiaries.
She the goal for this project is to ensure that all needy kids across various centers in Kampala get these trainings.
“The results are already there. The project has impacted many youths. I urge you to be self employed since you’re now qualified. Don’t despise work” she warned the youths.
Jane Nakitto, the center’s administrator commended Museveni for this project which she said has benefitted many underprivileged youths in Kampala ghettos.
The trainees gained skills in tailoring, knitting, weaving, shoe making, bakery and confectionery among others.