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Aduku Town Council Youths Yet to Embrace Youth Livelihood Fund

Not a single youth in Aduku Town Council has benefited from the fund, according to a report by the Aduku Town Council Gender and Community sector. The report indicates that most of the youths in the town council have shunned the program.

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Aduku Town Council authorities in Kwania district have decried the lack of response to the Youth Livelihood Project. In 2014, the government through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social development disbursed Shillings 265 billion to the Youth Livelihood funds largely to lift the poor and unemployed youths from poverty.  

However, not a single youth in Aduku Town Council has benefited from the fund, according to a report by the Aduku Town Council Gender and Community sector. The report indicates that most of the youths in the town council have shunned the program.

Peter Otim, the Aduku Town Council Vice Chairman, says that the few youths who showed interest in the have failed to form groups, with a minimum of 10-members to access the fund. He rallied the young people to form groups in order to benefit from government programs.

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Geoffrey Joe Otim, the Aduku Town Council Community Development Officer-CDO, says many youths in the area are indifferent to the program despite being sensitised. He says that he has instead received a number of applications from youths in Aduku Sub County showing interests in the fund.

Alan Aboce, the Kwania District Youth Livelihood Fund Focal Person, plans are underway to sensitize youth in Aduku Town Council to embrace the program.  

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Some of the youths who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity pointed out a number of factors hindering them from absorbing the fund. They cited kickbacks from the town council leaders, inadequate sensitization and harsh methods used to recover funds. 

The Kwania Resident District Commissioner, Slim Komakech concurred with the youths, saying there is a need for sufficient sensitization, especially on the project Guidelines for its successful implementation.

In November 2017, up to 68 youth groups in Nambieso, Chawente, Inomo and Abongomola Sub Counties received more than Shillings 579 million to start income-generating activities under the program. Each of the groups received between Shillings 5 and11 million but most of them shared the money among members and disappeared.

Several LCI Chairpersons and the group leaders including those of Abapiri Youth Produce Buyers and Sellers in Chawente Sub County are facing arrest for failure to remit the money given to them under the Youth Livelihood program.

 

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