Skills development for the youth is top on agenda of the Tooro Kingdom 2045 vision launched by the King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV. As one of the key focus areas, King Oyo announced their goal is to ensure that every youth in Tooro must be trained and skilled so that they can either work in production centres or establish their own business and enterprises.
The development agenda is targeting eight key areas of culture, health, agriculture, tourism among others and aims at socio-economic development, transformation and prosperity of people of Tooro kingdom.
The youth, women and men will be supported to develop skills to start cottage industries where people work from their homes in order to benefit from the massive opportunities resulting from the elevation of Fort Portal as the Tourism City of Uganda.
Speaking during Empango celebrations to mark his 26th coronation anniversary, King Oyo noted that much as the kingdom and the country are blessed with a young population aged below 35 years many of the youth are grappling with unemployment challenges due to lack of skills that are required for them to benefit from existing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
“Working together with Government and our partners, we will mobilize our youth for economic empowerment by tackling the youth unemployment challenge through skilling of youth, innovation and entrepreneurship, micro, small and medium enterprises, the creative industry, business system development, youth cooperatives and micro industries, pro-youth business partnerships and micro financing” said King Oyo.
Oyo said through the established Tooro Kingdom Youth Centre in the young people will get skills and orientation to become problem solvers, producers, job creators and active productive citizens in order to break the vicious cycle which keeps our vibrant youth in perpetual unemployment and poverty
He revealed plans to establish a state-of-art Industrial Research Institute in Tooro Kingdom with the support of the Industrial Research Institute. This will offer hands-on skills training, value addition and product development, technology development and transfer, business incubation among others.
In the next 25 years, the Kingdom will also invest in Agriculture for Food. Model farms will be set up in different counties in the Kingdom starting with one in Bugaaki in Kyenjojo district. The model farms will provide hands-on training demonstrate various agricultural techniques, promote research and provide education to the people of Tooro Kingdom.
People of Tooro will be encouraged to undertake farming and livestock activities as a business, equipping them with practical gardening, animal husbandry, and agronomy and supporting them to establish and scale- up their individual farming enterprises.
Under Vision 2045, Tooro Kingdom will work to ensure a healthy and productive population that contributes to the socio-economic development of the Kingdom.