By Mubiru Ivan
President Yoweri Museveni has urged the people of Bunyoro sub region to desist from being misled by oil talk.
The president said they should instead encourage their children to join the Albertine Bursary Scheme to enable them acquire skills that will help them to easily access employment.
“People of Bunyoro should encourage their children to join the program. You shouldn’t be misled by people who are singing about oil because oil will get finished,” Mseveni said.
He made the remarks on Thursday while launching the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP) Bursary Scheme at the Boma grounds in Hoima Municipality, Hoima District.
The Bursary Scheme that is implemented by the Ministry of Education and Sports is meant to provide free training to 600 learners drawn from the Albertine Region covering the districts of Nebbi, Nwoya, Buliisa, Masindi, Kiryandongo, Hoima, Bunyangabu, Kakumiro, Kagadi, Kyenjojo, Kabarole and Ntoroko.
Museveni noted that once the youth have acquired the skills, they will remain with that knowledge even after the oil is finished and they will be employable locally, regionally and internationally.
“Here, we are talking about three things; skills, certification and accreditation. Children are going to get universal capability,” he said.
Courses offered under the Bursary Scheme include, for level one, Civil Structural Engineering and related labourers as well as Hospitality and Catering. The level two component will cover all areas of Civil Structural Engineering and Construction, Driving, Mechanical and Electrical trades.
Ugandan citizens with a minimum of Ordinary Level School Certificate of Education are eligible to apply by filling in forms obtained from District Education Offices of the districts that have been mentioned not later than 11th January 2019. Applicants must have lived in those districts that have been enumerated for at least 5 years.
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