By Charles Katabalwa

20th June 2024

The Vicar General of Kampala, Msgr. Charles Kasibante has reiterated that religious leaders are concerned about the high levels of unemployment in the country, mostly facing young people.

Msgr. Kasibante who is also the Board Chairperson of the Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) said the problem of unemployment has forced many young people to run abroad searching for jobs, where they have ended up going through unbearable suffering.

This was while giving his opening remarks at the 2024 National Youth Colloquium held at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel Ndeeba, Kampala.

He called on the Government to mind about protecting its sons and daughters by putting in place protective laws and policies for the youth working in Arabian countries.

Msgr. Kasibante also challenged the Government over the programmes put in place to empower the youth such as the Youth Livelihood Program and the Students Loan Scheme, saying they have not helped the targeted beneficiaries.

More than 500 girls leave Uganda each day for domestic work in the Arab World, according to the Internal Affairs Ministry’s data for 2021.

This means over 15,000 girls are leaving Uganda every month for domestic work in the Arab world.

This translates to 180,000 mostly women leaving the country every year in search of employment.

Meanwhile, Mondo Kyateka, the Commissioner for Youth and Children Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development challenged young people to acquire skills and become productive in addition to their academic qualifications.

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Thursday 20th June 2024 06:30:12 PM