Lira—17, June 2020: “I know this lockdown comes with numerous challenges but don’t allow people to take advantage of your desperate situation during this Covid19 pandemic,” Mr George Abdul, the chairperson youth council in Lango sub-region has appealed to his peers.
Abdul George, also an aspirant for Northern Uganda Youth MP, is currently touring Lango districts with a special focus on young people to ascertain how they are faring during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lango comprises nine districts namely Lira, Kwania, Oyam, Amolatar, Apac, Otuke, Dokolo, Alebtong and Kole.
Speaking to this publication Tuesday evening, Abdul said he is concerned about the fate of young persons who he says are actively involved in economic activities and social life. He added that youth has suffered because of coronavirus disease measures promulgated by government like curfew and lockdown that has since been eased.
In Lira, the youth MP aspirant cautioned the youth not to fall prey to unscrupulous politicians who might exploit their vulnerability to cause confusion and chaos during election period, adding that young people should be engaged in constructive ventures and act as positive agents of change.
“Say no to politicians who might want to take advantage of the hardships that you are going through; to use you for the wrong reasons and to cause problems during elections,” he further warned.
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Abdul who is also a national mobilizer in the office of the national chairman NRM Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni says he also used his tour of the districts to orient the youth on national programs like youth livelihood program and most importantly the Emyoga program that was launched by government last year.
Susan Adero, a youth from Agweng sub-county, says many young people like herself have lost their businesses and jobs because of Covid-19 and says government intervention like incentive and other packages might be vital.
In response, Abdul George says youth should embrace YLP and Emyoga to salvage their precarious economic situations.
Emyoga is a government program targeting young people where a group of about 30 people come together and are aided with a grant to kick start their money-making ventures.
Stephen Adea, the youth chairperson Lira district concurs with George Abdul on the challenges faced by the youth and appealed to the youth to galvanize their numerical strength and rally behind competent leaders who can champion their cause.