Arua-The state Minister for internal affairs and also MP Terego East Mario Obiga Kania has condemned the exodus of young men from West Nile to Kampala and elsewhere as security guards.
Speaking as Chief Guest at the 54th Independence celebrations in Arua police grounds today, Mr. Kania said many young men are recruited to work in Kampala and elsewhere as security guards and yet they could offer the same service here in the region.
“Three quarters of the security guards in Kampala are from West Nile and in fact when I go to banks and other institutions, I find the securiko there are Lugbara, Alur, Kakwa or Madi, which perturbs me! Why don’t we employ this labour force locally?” Obiga questioned.
The Minister further demanded to know why we export our labour force to Dubai and elsewhere when there are Banks and other places to guard in the region.
He added that the personnel are taken to Kampala and receive little pay, which is not sufficient to pay rent and buy food for themselves and their families.
Every quarter of the year, private security companies comb West Nile to recruit young labour force whom they to guard premises, private and company property and important personalities, but leave a lot of home challenges unaddressed due to high cost of living in Kampala and meager pay by their bosses.
The history of personnel recruitment from West Nile dates back to 1960s when Kakira Sugar estate was established and the workforce source was found cheaper in West Nile. End