By Andrew Irumba
Fort Portal: Tooro Kingdom has unveiled a plan for the utilization of the new Youth Innovation and Business Incubation Centre as one of the avenues to address youth unemployment in the region.
The Centre, which is located at Mucwa in Fort Portal, will be housed in structures that formally belonged to Kabarole district local Government works department.
According to the Tooro Kingdom Youth Minister Edward Kasaija, the centre, expected to open by December, will train youths in Mechanics and Repair, Visual and Performing Arts, Sports Sciences and Nutrition, Carpentry and Joinery, and Information Technology, among other courses.
Kasaija added that this is a great milestone for Tooro because the youth represent the highest percentage of the population in the kingdom, and skilling them to become job creators instead is worth every effort.
Although the centre is officially opening at the end of the year, some art pieces are already on display in one of the rooms that also contains musical instruments like guitars, jazz drums, a keyboard and drums.
Ronald Musinguzi, one of the youths, noted that they have already formed a musical band hired to play and sing at various events and in hotels around Fort Portal town. He added that other youths willing to learn how to play musical instruments are welcomed to the centre at no cost.
According to Musinguzi, even though the instruments are still few, they will have enough by the time the centre opens officially.
Kasaija said, that a number of partners have already come on board to support the establishment financially. Sadolin paints have donated 1,200 litres of paint to help in repainting all the structures.