President Museveni on Thursday visited several Artisans in Kampala and Wakiso districts offering them working tools and start-up capital.
The President toured: Katabi Artisans Sacco, Najja Furniture and Metal Works Association, Namasuba Furniture Makers Association, Kibuye Furniture Makers, Kibuye Welders Group, Nalukolongo Furniture Makers Association and Busega Welders and Furniture Makers groups.
The president contributed Ugx. 100m to Ndeeba welders Machinery and Wood Works SACCO. He also donated 50m to each of the other groups
Gen. Museveni revealed that Ugandans spend over Ugx. 18,000 billion annually importing all sorts of things and yet this means they are giving away not just money but jobs to people in other countries.
‘ ‘Take the example of hides and skin. Uganda sells these in raw form to other countries but later imports shoes, chairs and other products made from the hides and skin. We have to stop this by adding value and producing products for sale and export’’he said.
He urged the youth to acquire skills that will create jobs and stop Ugandans from importing things that can easily be made in the country. Also, support leaders who will ensure your problems are attended to, not those whose pre-occupation is to oppose government programmes.