Bunyoro’s Shs 5 billion industrial hub to equip residents with skills

MASINDI – The construction of a Shs 5 billion industrial hub for Bunyoro sub-region has left Masindi residents and their leaders excited about the prospects of skilling youths in different fields.

The regional industrial hub under construction by the government of Uganda is located at Nyakarongo village, Kimengo sub-county, Masindi district.

The multi-billion project is being constructed to address poverty and unemployment among the youth in the region, says Masindi district LC5 Chairman, Cosmas Byaruhanga.

Bunyoro sub-region is comprised of eight districts including Hoima, Masindi, Kiryandongo, Buliisa, Kikuube, Kagadi, Kibaale and Kakumiro.


Byaruhanga says that using this hub, the youths will be equipped with the required skills that will help them fight poverty and create employment opportunities.

According to the project design, the facility will be furnished with diverse vocational training equipment like welding and metal fabrication, shoe making, salon and hairdressing, carpentry and joinery, brick laying, tailoring and driving tools among others.

The facility will also host agricultural demonstration farms and value addition facilities for maize and coffee processing for export in addition to offering short courses on various skills to the youth in the region.

The politician says the industrial hub will not only create jobs to the youths but also spur development in the region.

The facility sits on 100 acres of land that Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) donated to Masindi district local government on the request of the district Chairperson.

The construction work which is at 80% and yet to get complete will be finished by the end of this year.

Bright Mugume, the LCIII Chairperson Kimengo sub-county says that they are happy with the government for having put such a project in his sub-county adding that children within the area are going to be able to get vocational skills.

“This sub-county has no government secondary school nor a technical school. Most of our children stop in primary seven and they have not been getting a chance of getting vocational skills but this has been addressed. That’s why I have to thank the government of Uganda for this rare opportunity,” said Mugume.

Jackson Nasasira, a resident of the same area said that the sub-county has no revenue generating activity adding that when the industrial hub starts operations, the economy of this area and the people will be boosted.

Stephen Mugisa, a youth from Kimengo sub-county says, they are optimistic that they will be able to get skills at a lower cost noting that it has been hard for them to get the skills from the technical institutions because they have no money to pay the tuition.

The facility is neighbouring an upcoming centre at Kiryana trading centre where more than 2000 people are running different businesses.

They say that when the industrial hub starts operations, they will be able to get market for their goods.

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