ZOMBO. Heads of various local governments in the West Nile region have pledged total support to the regional industrial hub to be established by the Statehouse at the district firm institute in Zombo district.
The industrial park is to be used as a skilling center for those who wish to acquire skills in various enterprises including among others; carpentry, crafts, tailoring, bakery, stone cutting, ceramics, welding, and shoemaking.
While addressing district chairpersons, resident district commissioners, chief administrative officers and other political leaders during the launch of the regional industrial park held at Zombo district headquarters on Friday, Ms Lucy Nakyobe, the Statehouse administrator said the initiative is in fulfillment of the Presidential pledge made during the recent tour of the region about four months ago.
She said the training will be free of charge for both the educated and none educated because the overall objective of the project is to impart life skills in especially the youth and women to fit into the job market and become job creators in order to eradicate poverty.
"We shall skill people from all walks of life at this center, provide the accommodation, feed them and allow them to produce their own products using machines at the center here but at a minimal cost," Nakyobe said.
Besides commending Zombo district for offering land to establish the industrial hub, Nakyobe also warned politicians in the region to desist from using the facility to only benefit their supporters, saying it will be open to everyone in the region regardless of their political affiliation.
Nakyobe, however, thwarted the request by some technocrats to open satellite industrial parks in other districts to cater for those who would not be in a position to come to Zombo basing on its far location; the extreme southwest of the region.
She said there is no available fund to meet such suggestions but each district is required under the new policy to establish its own industrial park.
The chairman Koboko district, Mr Hassan Nginya who doubles as the chairman West Nile Development Association (WENDA), an umbrella that brings together all district heads in the region applauded the President for fulfilling his pledge, adding that the industrial park will among others things, go a long way to solve the challenge of unemployment among the youths.
"I commend H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for fulfilling his latest pledge to the people of West Nile and I know this project will go a long way to empower the people because they will be able to produce and sell something," he said.
Mr. John Birombo Orwiny, the Zombo district chairman appealed to the State House administrator to remind the President of some of the unfulfilled pledges like the tarmacking of Nebbi-Zombo-Vurra road which if done, will boost economic growth in the region.
The State House has earmarked at least 20 industrial hubs to be established in 20 different zones across the country with West Nile taking the 16th zone.