By Ronald Kabuye
Uganda Government has called for support in skilling Ugandans and refugees with vocational education in order to help the youths, women and children fend for themselves in the refugees occupied areas. The call has been sounded by the state minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees Musa Ecweru to the donor partners during an interface with the Japanese ambassador to Uganda H.E Kazuaki Kameda and Japanese international cooperation Agency JICA which briefed the minister on the their led survey on social infrastructural gaps in West Nile.
Minister asserted that the 70% of the refugees and local hosts are youths, women and children who only look up to relief hence a need to not only look at the relief but also economic development to the affected people which can only be possible through vocational education.
Meanwhile the data collected in West Nile through the JICA survey has a wide range of potential use as the data covers needs for roads and bridges; educational and medical facilities and water provision.
In abide to take lead in utilizing the data, the embassy of Japan has signed a grant contract for the project for the construction of classroom blocks at Mungula primary school in Adjumani district and on Thursday they will sign another for construction of an outpatient department at Atuwa health center IV in Yumbe district, in addition to these, the Embassy has formulated several more projects in the south west to help ease the burden on the refugee hosting local communities.
The currently faced with over 1.4 million refugees and many more still flocking into the country especially from the Democratic Republic of Congo. To this minister Ecweru has given the donor partners that Uganda’s doors are still open to refugees despite the influx being high.