Industrialist and Aspiring workers Member of Parliament Dr. Abdulhu Byakatonda has pledged to train youth and women in entrepreneurship and Vocational skills namely carpentry, soap making, mushroom growing, tailoring and modern agriculture to create employment.
He says this will enhance economic level of workers to diversify their businesses and improve their incomes after suffering from devastated covid 19 loses.
“As aspiring workers Member of Parliament, I have embarked on provision of skills in areas of soap making, candles, modern agriculture, tailoring and textile to women and young men in the informal sector to enhance house hold incomes and economic independence,” Byakatonda said.
Byakatonda has also offered industrial machines and put up factory in Kibuku District where production of soap, cosmetics and women hand bags are being manufactured.
He has also partnered with Tororo diocese and bukedi Catholic guild to train up women in entrepreneurial business skills to engage in income generating activities.
Byakatonda who doubles as Chairman Board of the departed Asian properties has further embarked on aquaculture where he set up fish ponds and hatchery in Kibuku District and planting of trees in the country.
Industrialist Byakatonda a strong believer of trade union movement pledged to empower trade unions to continue fighting for rights of workers at all levels and negotiate for better working terms and conditions of workers.
Last year he supported 30 market unions to start cooperative saccos to engage in cooperative movement and engage in government development programmes.
According to him, of the 8.94million people employed, only 34.5% are paid employees both in public and private sector, 55.8% are self employed while professionals in the labour market are only 6%.
According to Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 700,000 graduates who join the labour market however remain under employed, some unemployed and others work on casual basis hence remain in abject poverty.
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