Inadequate information hindering effective implementation of the Youth Livelihood Capital Venture programme in Hoima District

There is reportedly limited response to the Youth Livelihood Capital Venture Fund programme in Hoima district. Youths, whom Community Green radio has spoken to say the project has many requirements to meet and yet there is scanty information, which limits their access the Funds.

 “We have no clear information about the Youth Livelihood funds neither do we know who to approach as youths and where to get the funds from”, Isaiah Kyamanywa laments.

The Hoima District Youth Livelihood program Coordinator Isaac Bitamale admits that the funds are lying idle in the treasury. He however says the reason why funds are lying idle is because the youths have developed bad and negative attitude towards the initiative since the venture considers only youths who have already started working yet the majority have no physical business.

“The challenge encountered after good records of loan recovery so far is that the youth livelihood program considers those who have started working and owning physical businesses that accessed the loans already but the few legible are above the age bracket 18-30 years”, explained Mr. Bitamale.

The Five year development Programme is aimed at helping youths between the age of 18 and 30 years working in groups of 10 to 15 members.

Hassan Balisimaki the Chairperson for youths at Sebagoro landing site affirms that his group accessed the loans in 2016 and injected it in a piggery project but were failed by personal interests within the group members and yielded little profit.

Hoima district was ranked second in the whole country having a good record of paying back Youth livelihood program revolving funds received and mapped at 86% where Shs.152.8million out of the Shs.178.6 million was paid back during FY 2016/2017 out of Shs.12.5 million released per group.

The five year Government rolling Youth Livelihood program stands at a budget of Shs.265 Billion targeting the poor and unemployed youths to harness their socio-economic potential hence increase self-employment opportunities and income levels through the revolving funds for skills development and income generating project

Story compiled by Dorcus Drijaru

Ugandan parliament to distribute tree seedlings to schools in Bunyoro

Uganda, the country’s Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change (PFCC) is to distribute over three thousand tree seedlings to all schools in Hoima district between March and July 2018.

According to Pius Wakabi, the Bugahya County Member of Parliament, who is a member of the Forum, the seedlings will be distributed to boost tree planting campaign in schools.

“Every child is supposed to plant a tree once the seedlings are provided is vital for Bunyoro,” the PM told Community Green radio.

Mr. Wakabi explained that the initiative of planting indigenous tree species like Terminalia, Mvule and Mahogany in schools is to save Bunyoro from drastic effects of climate change that might come due to continuous depletion of Bugoma and Budongo forests through human activities like cultivation, timber logging and construction.

Different school heads and communities have welcomed the development saying it will help conserve the environment for the better and help curb the ever changing weather.

“This is a good idea .We shall continue planting trees and create a positive impact to our communities”, explained Fr. John Mary Ssebugwawo, the Head teacher of St.JohnBosco seminary Secondary school in Hoima.

Hoima District Environmental officer Joseline Nyangoma has expressed gratitude to the leaders at different levels for joining hands to curb drastic climate change effects through planting trees. She explains that trees help to remove and store carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air that humans inhale.

“Trees have endless advantages when planted thus they reduce the energy demand for cooling, reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions from power plants”, explained Ms Nyangoma.

Uganda’s Parliamentary Forum on climate change is one of the first Forums in Africa on Environment and initiated by Ugandan parliament in 2008 to respond to the pressing environmental, social and economic issues.

National Association for Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) designed a program in 2017 to strengthen and empower host communities in bio-diversity rich areas to engage in decision making around management of natural resources which is under threat by human activities and the current national development agenda.

Story compiled by Dorcus Drijaru