Nebbi community offers 500 acres of land to UIA for the construction of an Industrial park

Nebbi – More than 500 acres of lands located along Pakwach-Nebbi road has been offered to Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) by the community of Omvuro Village, in Mbaro East in Nyaravur-Angal Town Council, Nebbi district in support of the construction of an industrial park.

The communities are optimistic that in the future, the land given will be one of the legacies that the community members have shown commitment towards bringing development to the younger generation to fight poverty.

The land given by the community members is free from wetlands and geographically located along the business hub with both water and electricity which will spur development and provide employment to youths.

According to Caesar Ocakere, a community member who offered the land, for many years, their children failed to complete education, but if such an opportunity comes in their hands, their children will benefit through local employment.

The woman Member of Parliament for Nebbi district, Agnes Acibu urged parents to spend much money on skilling the youths in order to tap any development that will come as a result of the industrial park in the district.

She added that, the President says, the youths’ futures must be secured through job creation and that’s why the industrial park is being constructed in Nebbi to create more jobs among the youths.

“Our youths are at a certain level of education but they are un-employed meaning that if such opportunity for an industrial park comes, they will definitely get jobs to sustain their livelihoods,” Acibu said.

The State Minister for Finance, Planning and Economics Development, Hon Everlyn Anite says, due to the influx of Congolese, there is big business potential if the industrial park is fully constructed.

She added that the responsible ministry will not bring poverty to the community but bring in development by employing youths in the factories as one of economic drivers to alleviate poverty.

The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Nebbi, Abak Robert said, there will be no need to outsource employees outside the district if the youths are trained to manage the machines locally.

He adds that the industrial park will therefore boost commercialization of cassava production since there is going to be value addition because cassava has its ready market and is a raw material for brewing alcohol.

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ICYD project to partner with TASO in Soroti District

SOROTI – The Integrated Child and Youth Development (ICYD) project, will partner with The Aids Support Organization (TASO) in Soroti.

The partnership is meant to support Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in 10 sub-counties of Soroti District Local Government (SDLG).

The partnership is to enhance the work of TASO in the region with HIV/AIDS infected children and their families to access better health care services.

TASO Regional Office, Soroti welcomed the partnership as supplementary efforts in ending HIV/AIDS epidemic and added effort to support the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program in the region.

The transition took place during a meeting at the District Lukiiko Council Hall, where TASO handed over only the OVC related components of their activities to ICYD.

Gilbert Obore, the Technical Advisor Community Systems Strengthening TASO stated that, some of the target beneficiaries that the ICYD project will target include; Children living with HIV/AIDS; HIV Exposed Infants, Children of female sex workers and children of non-suppressed Viral Load care takers.

Obore emphasized that ICYD was coming in to boost efforts in regards to OVC programming as part of the U.S Presidents Emergency Plan- for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) guidance to transition OVC programming from Center for Disease Control (CDC) USAID; while TASO will remain offering comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services through health systems strengthening approach in the region.

Meanwhile, Hussein Rehema, the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for – ICYD thanked the district leadership for ensuring that the community was happy with the services offered by TASO in accelerating epidemic control in Soroti region.

Hussein says, ICYD – OVC is a five-year PEPFAR/USIAD grant which delivers basic education to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and youths by strengthening young people’s ability to critically engage with their environment to address the health and safety needs and make it more likely to reach their potential.

Currently ICYD operates through local partnership to deliver comprehensive OVC programming in 29 districts of Uganda and in year two, ICYD programming will expand to 44 districts.

The activities have three main objectives including; Ensuring that children and youths have improved learning outcomes, children and youths are protected (safety), health in homes, communities and, the youth practice positive behaviors and make informed decisions about their life and relationships.

Abraham Ekwaru, the Soroti district Communications Officer commended TASO saying, they have been doing good work with OVCs and they are the best in HIV programming.

“God should reward TASO team abundantly, because your work is based on tangible evidence, and we don’t take that lightly as the government,” he said.

Ekwaru says, with the coming of ICYD, they are welcoming them with two hands and are ready to give any support that they may require to enable them carry out their work in Soroti despite the challenge of fitting into what TASO has done in Uganda.

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