Job creation in Uganda. How to create jobs to reduce unemployment in Uganda
We explained to you how to raise funding for the Job Creation Fund of Uganda and the sacrifices required to reduce spending on certain government expenditures so to fund job creation. We know that the required sacrifices are painful for the spoilt public officers who earn their living through corruption and wasteful expenditure but given that more than two thirds of Ugandans are unemployed and more than half of the country lives below the poverty line the sacrifices are necessary and should be made. The next question on inquiring minds is, assuming that we are able to source for the necessary financing, how are we going to create fifteen million jobs. Today we explain to you how we can create the jobs.
- Privatisation of land registration. Land registration and administration has inbuilt job traffic given the fraud and corruption at the Ministry of Lands and the large number of transactions that take place on a daily basis. If we decentralised land administration to the village level and got rid of the corrupt technocrats at the ministry of lands we can conservatively create 300,000 of surveyors assistants, registration assistants and inspectors. Assuming I want to register my land, I would simply go to the village office, get a surveyor’s assistant who can conduct a preliminary survey to be presented to the area land committee and the same would be presented to local mapping assistant and later to the registration officer. Land registration can be improved to account for equitable interests and thus reduce land fraud and the ever violent unlawful eviction and ofcourse reduce money laundering in land transaction. This job creation scheme is self financing without even charging exorbitant fees. The finances accrue from Search fees, registration fees and charges. Conservatively this scheme can break even the first year and produce income for the Job Creation Fund. To achieve this we need to sacrifice the crooks at the ministry of lands or incorporate them as employees of the new registration scheme.
- Privatisation of health care. We all become sick at some point and seek medical care and for this reason health care is a good candidate for job creation. We can employ doctors, nurses, radiographers, dentists and other medical professionals. We can also employ managers, accountants and others. Conservatively we can employ ten people per Health Centre II and 200 people per hospital. We can eliminate stealing of government drugs and lack of health personnel due to absentism because the health facilities will not be government owned. To efficiently privatise and exploit health care as a job creation driver we have to combine it with compulsory health insurance. Conservatively we can create close to 200,000 jobs by taking over the ministry of health and privatising it.
- Privatisation of electricity and water connections. To get connected to the electricity grid in Uganda is a waiting and frustration game. Even when you want to pay for the electricity connection in cash you will not easily get it without bribing employees of Uweme or UEDCL. You will probably wait for several months before you get connected to the electricity grid yet you can afford to pay the market rate for the electricity connection. The same problems affect National Water connections but electricity connections are worse. We can expand water to all towns in Uganda and introduce digital metres to reduce corruption and waste. We can conservatively create 100,000 jobs by taking over electricity and water connections in Uganda.
- Building our own roads. To tarmac a kilometre of roads in Kampala, our inefficient and corrupt contractors charges close to 40 billion shillings and up to 10 billion shillings per kilometre for up country roads. The contractors in late costs and at contractors that have previously done shoddy work keep being granted road construction contractors. We hear that some are granted contracts on orders from above without following the procurement laws. What we propose is to eliminate the profit element prioritized by private contractors and build these roads ourselves using our own people and at affordable prices. This sector consumes close to three trillion shillings per year which we can use for job creation in this sector by taking over the supply chains and improving efficiency. When we have brought down road tarmacting costs to about 200m per kilometre we can expand to private customers. We can streamline construction of roads by individuals or a group of individuals and we can create neighborhood toll roads that are funded on credit. We can create 100,000 jobs by taking over road construction.
- Expanding tax collection.
- Privatisation of registration of births, death and marriage.
- Large scale agriculture.
- Purchase of agriculture produce.
- State owned industries and factories.
- Funding innovators.
- Combating corruption
- Bail bondsmen
- Construction for the state.
- Construction materials.
- State owned communication companies.
- State owned banks.
- Monitize other government services
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