By Hillary Alithum
45 youth groups from the 14 sub-counties and town councils of Zombo district are set to benefit from the 315 million shillings Youth livelihood program fund allotted for the different sub-counties and town councils depending on the number of young people .
This affirmative action of the government was hatched to empower the young people by engaging them in agribusinesses as an alternative solution to curb the high unemployment rates among the young people.
During a training session for the targeted beneficiaries in the district ,Mr. Jacan Amos ,Youth chairperson of Zombo district pinned previous poor performance of the youth livelihood program to inadequate sensitization of beneficiaries on priority enterprises and financial literacy,” the training Will help the youth acquire different managerial skills so that when the money comes it’s put to good use, out of the 315 million shillings 14 sub-counties received with only one subcounty missing”-Amos said during the training.
Mr. Onim Byron ,Youth chairperson of Abanga subcounty revealed that non of his young people from Abanga benefited from the youth livelihood program because they were denied timely information, mobilization of youth groups became hard and processes of filling forms turned lengthy .
A comparative study on impact of the youth livelihood program fund in Madi -Okollo district presented similar underlying conditions of inadequate sensitization and poor recovery mechanisms derailing the intended objectives of the project with the district disbursement standing at about 37 million shillings channeled to the only 5 youth groups.
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Mr.Lematia William ,youth Chairperson of Madi-Okollo district said the district has only Five groups to benefit from the youth livelihood program fund for the district and attributed the meagre disbursement to merger of the two constituencies of upper and lower Madi to form Madi-Okollo district curved from Arua district.
The program that started in the year 2013 with an initial budget of 265 billion shillings that was prematurely halted in 2021 ,has again been revitalized in order to harness social economic potential , increase self employment and income levels of young people with Zombo district having 1,089 beneficiaries by 2021.
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