The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, has commended youth entrepreneurs for their innovations and efforts geared at solving the burden of unemployment.
Kadaga said that in support of such novel ideas, the budget for the Innovation Fund should be enhanced so as popularise such brands and innovations.
“Government ought to increase the current shs500 million channelled to the Innovation Fund so that more youth can realize the potential of their projects,” said Kadaga.
The Speaker made the remarks while speaking as chief guest at the fourth annual Adventist Business Conference (ABC) 2018 held at the UMA showgrounds Lugogo, Kampala. It was premised on the theme, “How to start, grow and earn from your business”.
She singled out Julius Nyanzi, a youth innovator and researcher, who through his Prof Bioresearch Enterprise had developed products that have sold locally and internationally, with several awards for impressive innovations.
“There is an explosion of unemployed youth in our country; that is why I commend Julius Nyanzi for his innovations because such is what can bring our youth out of unemployment,” Kadaga said.
She told the conference participants that one need not have much capital to begin an income generating project. She commended the event organizers for setting up such platforms that open the business minds of the people.
Prime Radio Managing Director, Frederick Nkayivu called on government to look into the unique needs of the Seventh Day Adventist students who have to study on Saturdays hence missing the Sabbath prayers.
“In countries like Rwanda and Kenya, a law was passed to allow Adventist students pray freely, but the law has not yet been realized in Uganda. We need your support, Madam Speaker,” said Nkayivu.
The Speaker noted the concern saying “I will engage the Minister for Education and Sports in the next plenary session at Parliament so that this issue can be sorted out.”
At the event, Kadaga received an award, presented to her by the Prime Radio MD on behalf of the Adventist Business Conference executive partners. The Award was accorded to her for being the most outstanding woman in Parliament in 2018.