Pallisa- Youth have been cautioned against selling family land to buy motorcycles to engage in boda-boda business.
The executive director Eastern Archdiocesan Development Network [Eaden], Mr Fabiano Olweny, said many young people have failed to recognise the superior benefits of owning land.
“Our advice to you is to learn to invest in land,” Mr Olweny said.
“Why should you sell your land to buy a motorcycle that will not last for a year? We must learn to save the little we have rather than selling land meant for our children in the near future,” he added.
Mr Olweny observed that after buying boda bodas, some youth marry several women.
“After producing children, they have no land for cultivation to sustain the family. We must guard our land for our children,” he urged.
Mr Olweny was speaking at a graduation ceremony of private service providers who completed a one-year training in teaching rural people how to save and invest in Pallisa District recently.
The training was under Expansion of Financial Inclusion in Africa [EFI] and money management skills programme by Eaden in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and sponsored by MasterCard Foundation.
The programme is being implemented in seven districts of Pallisa, Manafwa, Bududa, Butaleja, Kibuku, Namutumba and Mbale.
Mr Olweny’s remarks came shortly after Kibale Sub-county chairman George Olupot said many youth have sold their ancestral land to buy boda-bodas while others have gone into gambling.
Kibale Sub-county woman councillor Esther Mwigale urged the youth to embrace the culture of saving.
She urged the trainees to also teach fellow youth to avoid vices that could endanger their lives such as drug abuse, unprotected sex that leads to HIV infection.
“Drug abuse is an enemy that we must all fight if we want to develop. If we want our dreams of a better life to become a reality, if we want to save in order to invest, we must avoid abusing drugs,” said Ms Mwigale.