MOYO. Moyo district youth councilors have expressed bitterness over the reduced budget of the district youth council.
The councilors argued that the reduced budget has greatly affected the implementation of planned youth related activities in the district.
Speaking during a council meeting on Wednesday, Mr Emmanuel Bada, the Moyo district youth councilor said in 2016 when they joined the council, the district youth council was operating at a budget of shs1.2 million per quarter which later dropped to shs600,000 and now to shs400,000.
According to Bada, the shs400,000 is extremely inadequate to run youth related activities in all the sub counties in the district.
“With 400,000 per quarter we are unable to disseminate developmental information to the grassroot youths to change their lives. And due to inadequate resources to facilitate the youth council, our structures at village, parish, sub county and district levels have become too weak,” Bada stressed.
He said at the national level, the youth council is currently operating at a budget of shs1billion.
Bada equally observed that during a recent national youth council meeting held in Kampala, the youths across the country also wanted the government to increase their budget from shs1billion to shs4 billion so as to cater for the increasing demands of the youth council.
Ms Maneno Zumura, the Moyo district female youth councilor said Moyo and Obongi districts share one motorcycle to run activities of the youth in the two districts. She blamed the district local government for not supporting the youth council very well especially at the district level.
She instead appealed to the youths in the area to only vote for people who will be able to advocate and lobby for them.
Dr. Joyce Moriku Kanducu, the State Minister of Primary Health Care (PHC) who doubles as the Moyo district Woman Member of Parliament (MP) confirmed that the budget of the youth council was reduced across the country. She said the reduced budget is as a result of limited resource envelope at the national level.
“When you look at the population of the young people and compare it with the budget allocated for them in this country, you will realize that the budget does not match with the population we have at hand,” Moriku said.
“As government, we are advocating for budget increase for the young people in different forums though it is still being debated,” the Minister added.