Mbarara- The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Mr Pius Bigirimana, has warned Chief Administrative Officers against diverting youth funds for other purposes.
Mr Bigirimana said the roll-out of a multi-billion Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) is meant to create more jobs and income for the youth.
“Do not touch money for the youth groups. If you do, I will come for you. The money will be sent to groups accounts,” Mr Bigirimana told the officials at the first YLP district level stakeholders workshop in Mbarara on Tuesday.
“These young people are the future of this country. If we do not help them, they will become a problem to the country and themselves. If we do not do it now, the court of history will judge us harshly,” Mr Bigirimana added.
The PS said the government will spend Shs265 billion over the next years on activities to help both literate and illiterate youth aged between 18 and 30 years to get out of poverty starting this financial year.
Mr Bigirimana said Shs50 billion will be released annually for the nationwide programme but the money to each district will vary depending on poverty levels, youth population and the land area, adding that the data will be sourced from Uganda Bureau of Statistics.
The Mbarara Resident District Commissioner, Mr Nickson Kabuye, however, warned of the challenge faced in recovering the funds like it has been for the past projects.
“It can never be simple to deal with youth on matters of money. Giving money to these people who have never touched money and you expect recovery? How can that be possible?” Mr Kabuye asked.
Funds in schemes such as Entandikwa and Youth Entrepreneurship, Mbarara Youth Revolving Fund have not been fully recovered.