By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Youth from the northern Uganda districts of Oyam, Amuru and Nwoya have petitioned Parliament seeking for its urgent intervention to address the rising redundancy and unemployment in the region.
“Over one million youth in northern Uganda are illiterate and approximately 49% need youth friendly literacy and numeracy skills training,”Ayoo Ben one of the youth leaders told the Speaker of Parliament.
In the petition delivered to Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga at Parliament February 10,the petitioners urged government to provide more favorable conditions for the youth in the rural areas.
“Youth living in the rural communities find it very expensive to fulfill all the banking conditions for accessing the Youth Capital Venture Fund. Districts like Amuru,Oyam and Nwoya lack formal banking institutions and can only access funds through Saccos,” Ayoo added.
The petitioners noted that the early closure of the literacy and numeracy skills development programme for northern Uganda denied millions of youths an opportunity to recover from the years of conflict and the missed opportunities to acquire basic education.
They appealed to government to address the rampant sexual and gender based violence, as well as alcohol and drug abuse.
The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga confirmed to the petitioners that Parliament after recess would consider the separate petitions presented by the youth of northern Uganda to address their current challenges.