President Yoweri Museveni has directed Cabinet to dissolve the infamous National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) project due to its poor performance and that the funds which were hitherto allocated to the project be utilized to enhance agro based production.
President Museveni said this yesterday while addressing a delegation of 550 Central Region NRM youth leaders led by the Central Region Youth MP, Patrick Nakabale at State House, Entebbe.
“I have directed Cabinet to dissolve NAADS. This is due to the mismanagement of funds in the project. The veterans’ project led by the UPDF officers has demonstrated exceptional delivery of services to the intended beneficiaries which is contrary to the fleecing practice of NAADs officials,” Mr. Museveni said.
President Museveni also condemned the NAADS administration for spending Shs24 billion that government allocated to the project in Buganda region without accounting for it or showing any value for money on the ground.
The president’s directive comes in the wake of public debate and criticism of the performance of the over a decade old project.
President Museveni commended the UPDF officers for their exemplary work within the veterans’ project and assured the gathering that the shortcomings would be addressed.
Mr Museveni further reiterated that when the NRM Government came to power, the tax base was very small which led to small revenue collections, adding that now with increased revenue collections, government has the capacity to deliver more services to the people. He pledged to publish the funds which the Central Government has released to the Districts over the years as part of the government policy of ensuring transparency and effective delivery of essential services.
President Museveni also pledged for his continued support to the youth through funding of their projects as part of government effort in fighting youth unemployment and poverty.
“I challenge the youth to be transparent and utilize well the funds they receive. Youth leaders should work hard and set good examples for the rest of their colleagues,” Mr Museveni added.
The youth in return declared their unwavering support and pledged their loyalty to Mr Museveini and the NRM for his visionary leadership.
They also claimed to fully support the Kyankwanzi resolutions part of which recognizes the sole candidacy of Mr Museveni as the NRM Presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.