Uganda’s current population – 35 million – is a curse. This is because 62 per cent of Uganda’s youth is unemployed, meaning they do not contribute to the country’s productivity.
Youth unemployment remains Uganda’s biggest challenge. Conventional wisdom holds that it is a responsibility of any government to create jobs for their citizens. It is, therefore, out of ignorance that some government officials keep uttering statements like “the youth should create jobs”.
For obvious reasons, if you collect taxes from the people, then create a mechanism through which they can earn income to be able to pay taxes. The level of youth unemployment in Uganda is likely to increase because the government has made no effort to promote modern agriculture and industrialisation, but a lot of efforts have been put towards service consumption.
Unfortunately, almost all government poverty eradication programmes have been disastrous. They have failed to bring about a meaningful change in the lives of Ugandans.
Therefore, this government has no mechanism to solve the social and economic challenges facing the 35 million people. Actually, the recent census was only carried out as “a ceremonial political activity done every after 10 years”.
This population is scary! It is exploding without sufficient socio-economic safety nets. With limited access to low interest development loans for young people, pressure on land mounting and generally a less technologically developed economy, we have a recipe for social upheaval. The government must institute measures to manage population growth and start addressing the immediate and potential impact of the current population.
We do not have a rural agricultural development bank (s) so how can an unemployed graduate pay back a chicken farm loan? So what can she do if she cannot get a job after using all family resources to pay university education?
The creeping wave of insecurity may not after all be political but economic. The increased and changed dependency ratio, which is now a whole age group band (0-60 years) is one driving force of insecurity and needs no further explanation. The development economists must weigh in and aise the authorities about this.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor