Government has been urged to apportion 35 percentage of the Parish Development Model funds to the youth.
This was among a string of resolutions made during the National Youth Council (NYC) first sitting which took place in five locations across Uganda between August 30, 2021 and September 28, 2021.
Addressing the press on Tuesday September 28, 2021; NYC Chairperson Jacob Eyeru said this is because previous youth rehabilitation interventions have unfortunately been phased out.
“The youths strongly welcomed the Parish Development Model and for purposes of the benefits of the initiative, we want 35% of all the funds to be demarcated for the youth in their respective parishes,” Eyeru stated.
“For avoidance of doubt, that translates to 35,000,000 shillings for youth projects at each parish. This is because youth programmes like the Youth Livelihood Programme and Youth Venture Capital have been sacrificed for the Parish Model,” he added.
He pointed out that unless the youth’s quota is identifiable, young people shall be marginalized.
The Parish Development Model is the Government’s latest attempt aimed at reversing runaway poverty at grass root level.
The Universal arrangement covering 10,594 parishes also seeks to propel about 40% households in subsistence agriculture to commercial production.
A Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MOFPED) communiqué seen by ChimpReports shows that Shs 404.3 billion was budgeted for capitalization of the Parish Revolving funds in the ongoing Financial Year.
“This translates to an average allocation of Shs 38.16 million per parish. Government will allocate more funds to further capitalize the Parish Revolving Fund in the subsequent Financial Years of the NDP III period,” the statement adds.
Asked why his constituency is not demanding a lion’s share, Eyeru explained that they are cognizant of other groupings as well.
“Young people contribute over 75% of Uganda’s population according to UNBS. We are asking for 35% in understanding that the entire population needs to benefit from the funds,” Eyeru reasoned.
He also told journalists that the district youth leaders demand to be engaged in undertaking mindset change programmes relating to the Parish Development Model to prep the youth.
“This is because we have noticed that the Parish Model is being rushed in implementation and we are making the mistakes we have been making in many other Government programmes where youths are not aware, trained about things pertaining their share and don’t know the benefits,” Eyeru illustrated.