Monday, 23 January 2017

The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has pledged government commitment to continue supporting the youth to advance their programmes and initiatives.

The Prime Minister made these remarks during the launch of the Young Achievers Awards 2017 organised under the theme “Rewarding Innovation and Excellence. Inspiring the Next Generation of World Leaders” at Serena Hotel on Monday.

PM Rugunda (3rd L) poses for a group photo with the board members of Young Achievers Awards 2017 after its launch at Hotel Serena. 2nd(R) Uwihanganye, co-founder of the initiative (Photo by PMPU)

Rugunda said government had created an enabling and a secure environment for the work, development and initiatives of the youth to thrive, through a number of massive programmes including immunisation programmes to improve the health of the young people as well introduction of universal education to enable them access education so as to scale up to greater heights.

He added that Government has set up the ministry of science, innovation and technology and the ministry of gender, labour and social affairs which are all aimed at supporting the youth and their activities.

The Premier thanked founders of the Young Achievers Awards for the work they are doing to develop, mentor and enhance the skills of the youth through embarking on innovation and creativity schemes all aimed at transforming the nation.



He noted that that the youth are a great asset to the nation and are the engine of growth in transforming the country.

PM Rugunda shakes hands with Mr Kigozi, the chairman Advisory Board Young Achievers Awards 2017 after its launch at Serena. Behind PM is Nabimanya, team leader of the initiative (Photo by PMPU)

“The Young People have talent, skills and knowledge to make a difference in the country and the world at large. As a nation, we look at them as the potential force that will drive Uganda into a middle income status,” Dr Rugunda said.

Hon Rugunda called upon the youth to invest in Information Technology (IT) innovations adding that the IT sector has turned the world around through enhancing and improving lives.

He however cautioned the youth against engaging in illegal ways of undertaking their investments and innovations.

Mr Kigozi Joseph, the Chairman Advisory board Young Achievers Award, said the initiative is committed to changing lives of young people through innovation, enhancing skills, creativity and health communication.

He said Young Achievers Awards, advocates for self-independence among the youth, and thus called upon them to partner with government to create a better society that they desire in the country.

The co- founder and CEO of Young Achievers Awards (2009), Uwihanganye Awel said the initiative was created to inspire creativity and innovation in entrepreneurship and leadership among the young people, so that they do not give up on making their ideas work.

He thanked the Prime Minister, Dr Rugunda for continually supporting and believing in them.

He also thanked the media for publicising the stories of the young achievers to the world thus making the initiative relevant to the people.

The Young Achiever Awards initiative was founded in 2009 with the intent of rewarding and celebrating outstanding youth creativity and innovation in the Ugandan community in various realms like arts, entrepreneurship, media and journalism, philanthropy, innovation, sports among others.

The Young Achievers Awards are categorised into ten segments which are, Social Entrepreneurship, Business, Innovations and ICT, Farming and Agro-processing, Media and Journalism Excellence, Creative Arts (Music, Fashion, Film and Photography), Outstanding Sports Personality, Overall Young Achiever of the year, Heroine/ Heroes Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.


By Doreen Nasasira