The failure by over 20,000 youth in Amuru to access funds is limiting their efforts to access business start-up capital in order to improve their income and start income generating activities.
The Youth Secretary for Pabbo Sub County Mr Denis Wokorach said during celebrations to mark the youth day in the district on Sunday that this is also having an impact on trade with Southern Sudan.
“The challenge is that most of the youth here practice subsistence agriculture, hence they cannot improve on their production. In addition, we cannot get startup capital to carry out such ventures,” he said.
The National Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness in the Office of the Prime Minister, Maj. General Julius Farki Oketta who officiated at the function vowed to helpd the the youth register a cooperative and choose projects with high returns.
Maj Gen Oketta said that if the youth concentrate on good projects like brick laying, they can make up to two hundred million shillings in a year’s time.
“Instead of going to institutions like the bank to look for money, you should look for your own programmes. You are also missing out on the Sudan market because you are not organised,” he said.
General Oketta, who is also an army representative in Parliament, donated one million shillings to a youth group in the area to start up a brick laying project. This he says is the best alternative, since a youth group in Amuru started last year with one million shillings and within a year, was able to make fifteen million shillings.
Maj Gen Oketta advised the you youth to save, invest and be productive in their projects.
None of the youth in the district have received the youth fund. By A Web design Company
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