NEBBI. The Resident District Commissioner Nebbi, Robert Abak has urged the government to consider funding vocational institutions run by churches if more youth are to acquire skills needed for job creation.
He said secondary education has become expensive for poor parents to afford, and that churces and other religious institutions need government’s help as they skill the youth through different projects run in their vocational institutions.
Abak made the call last weekend while presiding of the the graduation ceremony of 200 students graduated sat Providence Skilling Centre, a vocational institution being run by Nebbi Catholic Diocese.
He said government must address the challenge of unemployment by allocating more funds, especially to support innovative youth who are committed to fighting unemployment by creating their own jobs by establishing business enterprises.
“Let’s reduce the number of graduates on the streets by supporting the vocational institutions that are ready to solve and bridge the unemployment gaps by skilling our youth,” Abak said.
Meanwhile, Nebbi district LCV Chairman Emmanuel Urombi said Nebbi lacks vocational institutions and that the few available are poorly equipped.
He urged government to equip vocational institutions in Nebbi, saying it will help the youth get employment in the industrial park being built by the government.
“The community of Omvoro in Nyaravur -Angal Town Council has given land to the government to support the development, now we also want the government to support our vocational institutions to get ready for employment in the industrial park,” Urombi said.
However, the diocesan education secretary, Sr. Mary Amony said the Centre has financial deficits. She urged government to provide financial support to enable the institution to continue skilling the youth.
“The institution belongs to our community members and they have tried to mobilise the funds to support the institution, but as church leaders, we appeal to the government to provide infrastructural support, Amony said.
Amony urged graduates to be proactive in the field when conducting their businesses. She said the knowledge they have acquired is practical unemployment. The students graduated in various courses such as; hairdressing, carpentry, cosmology, catering, and garment cutting.
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