ARUA. Members of the Democratic Party (DP) in the West Nile region have appreciated the efforts of ACAV, an Italian nongovernmental organization for its initiative of skills development for youths in West Nile.

“I want to say that the training ACAV has offered to youths has a very big benefit to our people and the refugees we host,” Ms Emily Draru, the Arua district DP women league leader said during DP’s weekly press conference in Arua town on Wednesday.

She noted that the already skilled youths will in turn train others so that the chain of expertise continues for a better hardworking West Nile community.

Draru also commended the government of Uganda for ear-marking land for the West Nile regional industrial hub in Zombo district.

The West Nile regional industrial hub which was launched last week by State House Administrator, Ms Lucy Nakyobe will be used as a skilling center for welding, carpentry, stone cutting, tailoring, shoemaking and ceramics among other activities.

According to Draru, the initiative will help many youths who dropped out of school because of different challenges.

Ms Kubra Swaleh, the DP women leader for Ayivu county called upon the government of Uganda to expedite the development of the industrial park so that the trained youths get space for employment.

“We are happy to the government, but we want to see the initiative coming to its fruitful conclusion for the benefit of our people,” Kubra said.

She called upon parents to consider sending their children for skills development training so that they can graduate to work in such industries.

Mr Elia Alitia, the Northern Uganda region DP Vice President urged civil society organizations to come out to supplement the government’s effort in skills development.

He said without skilling youths in this era of increased population, the country risks plunging in more poverty.

Alitia appealed to the government to work with partners in solving the employment gap in the country so that a fruitful partnership for the development of the people can be realized.

On Wednesday last week, ACAV passed out 270 youths of which 220 were refugees after graduating in different fields of practical work.

In the past six years, ACAV with support from European Union trained over 2, 400 youths in the five districts of Arua, Koboko, Maracha, Yumbe, and Moyo in West Nile.