President Museveni has warned government officials against wasting government resources amidst the challenges of poverty and unemployment.
The president was on Monday presiding over the ceremony for the young female learners from the 5 Divisions of Kampala at Kololo independence ceremonial grounds in Kampala.
He revealed that the funding of the six-month programme and the equipping of all the 661 graduands, cost his office Shs.1.2 billion.
He said that this makes it about Shs.2 million per person adding that if government prioritised the programme and made sure there is no resource wasting, the whole country can be covered.
He advised the young female graduands to put the skills and the machines they have acquired to the right use and work to eradicate poverty in their homes and also train others in their localities.
State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Hon. Nakiwala Kiyingi commended the President for initiating the programme that targets the girl child.
She noted that skilling the girl-child, translated well into skilling mothers, the family and the nation.
She revealed that research has found that skilling and equipping the girl child goes a long way in reducing the rate of early marriages and unplanned pregnancy that impact negatively on the life of the girl child as it also affects national economic growth.
Ms. Nakajubi Christine, who represented the graduands, thanked the President for investing in the girl child, the majority of whom hail from very poor backgrounds and low levels of education.
She said that the training and support will help them live a wholesome life.
She further commended the skills acquired during the training and the technological support from the President that, she said, will see them turn into job makers instead of job seekers.