Hoima youth ignore UNHCR multi-billion project

    Hoima District Youth Centre Library and Computer Lab. (Image: Gad Asaba)

    The Hoima District Youth Centre Library and Computer Lab established in 2017 with funding from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has until now not been utilised by the target population.

    The district council is now looking at hiring the equipment and the infrastructure like meeting hall so that it can at least generate some income instead of remaining idle.

    It is a modern youth centre equipped with western musical instruments, music production equipment like computers and a music performance stage.

    The centre also has a library with different books about oil and gas, environment, general science, literature, mathematics and storytelling among others.

    It was hoped to develop talents, new skills, entertainment and also open the minds of the youths to the outside world for further opportunities like through gaining computer skills.

    Some politicians are now concerned about its idleness.

    Mr Hillary Tumusiime, the District Councillor for Kyabigambire Sub-county hopes it could be utilised if the youth were sensitised enough about its presence.

    “I have never seen any youth use Hoima Youth Centre. Even the youths in my constituency don’t know anything about it. This is because the district has not bothered to inform them of the beauty, use and existence of this centre,” he says.

    The councillor says until the relevant authorities change their operational style over the matter, the centre will remain useless to the youths.

    The Hoima district male youth councillor, Mr Kenneth Mugume Kwolekya, says the youth centre’s geographical location at Kasingo, the peripherals of Hoima city limits its accessibility.

    “It is hard for the youth from Kabaale, Buseruka and Kigorobya sub-counties and the farthest Kaiso landing site to travel to Kasingo where the district headquarters are located in pursuit of skilling and developing their talents,” he says.

    Mr Kwolekya says due to being non-operational, “council resolved that the equipment be hired out to any willing person so that it fetches income to the district for developing various fields.”

    The District Secretary for Production, Mr Jackson Mulindambura, challenges the youth especially those nearby to embrace using it and adopt the culture of loving to read and learn new things aside from what they learn in schools.

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