By Kampala Sun writer
During the just concluded Young Achievers Awards night at Kampala Serena Hotel Hon, Amelia Kyambadde promised each of the winners in the separate categories sh500, 000. If that was a drop in the ocean, now manna has fallen from heaven.
News filtering in shows that each individual winner has received sh5m cash boost from government to scale up their ideas and innovations.
The support, was handed over to each of the winners at a meeting convened by Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives at her offices.
“I had promised to hand each of you Sh500, 000 but when the president (H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) heard about this, he called me and directed me that the government will give each of the winners Sh5m.” Hon. Amelia Kyambadde said at the meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Humphrey Nabimanya the Team Leader and Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda called on the government to invest in young people if we are to realize their potential. He also emphasized that the Young Achievers Awards program is a full year program that will see nominees and winners connected to opportunities with lawyers, funders and mentors to help them become better entrepreneurs, innovators and change agents.
Awel Uwihanganye one of the Co-Founders of the Young Achievers Awards thanked the government for supporting youth livelihoods projects like the awards that reward innovation, excellence and hard work of young people.
Zilla Mary Arach the 2017 Overall Young Achiever, gave a note of thanks to the awards organizers Reach A Hand Uganda together with partners who have are inspiring young people to live up to their dreams and aiding their launch pads using the Young Achievers Awards platforms.