By Faridah Ndagano

KIKUUBE: In a bid to improve on the quality of life and create employment opportunities for the youths with disabilities, Cheshire Services Uganda {CSU} is implementing a one year project dubbed “Skills Development Project” in Kikuube District.

The Project which costs 300M is being funded by ENABEL with an aim of increasing improved livelihood and employability of the youth, through quality instruction and practical skills development to enable them tap into different opportunities especially in oil and gas industry.

This was revealed yesterday {Monday} during the skills development project update meeting at the district headquarters.

Daneil Sifuna the Project Manager revealed that the project is supporting 150 youths, 125 who are refugees and 25 from the host Communities.

The aforesaid are being trained at Nile Vocation Training Centre in Hoima district.

They are being trained in different courses like Tailoring, Hair dressing, Welding, Hair cutting, Construction, Catering and Carpentry.

These youths were identified from the five  sub counties in the respective parts of the district which include  Bugambe,  Kiziranfumbi, Buhimba,  Kabwooya and Kyangwali sub counties.

Sifuna added that the organisation has earmarked 20M to provide start up kits for these students after finalising with their studies in order to promote creativity and enhance job creation.

Edith Barungi the councillor for persons with disabilities lauded Cheshire Services Uganda for remembering and supporting the disabled.

She also applauded the Ministry of Gender Labour and Economic Development for eliminating the registration fee on all groups of persons with disabilities.

Barungi called upon Community Development Officers {CDOs} to implement the directive.

Annet Kabahaguzi the Senior Probation Officer commended CSU for the great and tireless work exhibited, adding that the project was timely because most of the persons with disabilities had no money to join these courses.

Kabahaguzi further urged the different persons with disabilities to take part or participate in all the existing Government Programs like Emyooga, Parish Development Model, UWEP among others.

The Kikuube District Secretary for works, Hon Mugyrek Everce who was sitting in for the District Chairperson revealed that this project is a huge relief to many parents of children with disabilities.

Mugyrek called for peace, cooperation and harmony among the stakeholders if the district is to benefit fully from these Mega projects.

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