President Museveni has called upon the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretariat together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Affairs to guide the youth in order to avoid jail.
His comments came after the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija revelations that 77 percent of 51,000 prisoners in jail currently are youth aged between 18 and 34 years.
Speaking at the pass-out ceremony of Uganda Prisons Services (UPS) Officers at the Prisons Academy and Training School Grounds in Luzira, the president cautioned the youth against gambling.
“The youth think they can make a life through gambling and yet lotteries have one winner who will get a prize but what about the rest?” the president asked.
“All youth in or out of prison must be guided to see how to fit into commercial agriculture, industrial, services, ICT and public service sectors,” the president said.
It is estimated that more than 400,000 young Ugandans graduate every year. However, fewer than 100,000 are absorbed into formal employment
A total of 323 officers: 122 Command Course Officers (CCOs), 128 Cadet Principal Officers (CPOs) and 73 Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (CASPs) were passed out at the ceremony.
The President reassured the country of the government’s commitment to ensure security. He, therefore, called upon the population and the Police to be more vigilant.