- Labour day is celebrated annually on May 1 as a tribute to recognise the work done in various sectors
- The national celebrations are being held in Sebambule district
- Most locals in West Nile are engaged in private works with some doing the ‘white collar jobs’ that are scarce
- According to 2013 Millennium Development Goals report by UNDP and Uganda government, there are about 700,000 new entrants into the labour market every year. Over 95 per cent of these are the youth
By Wenpa Team
West Nile-Many people in the West Nile region spend most of their day toiling long distances to access market, or in gardens daily in order to make ends meet.
Some of them are employed in offices although the vacancies remain minimal to accommodate thousands of graduates across the region. And so they look for alternative means of living as some of them establish private companies and some are hired to do work to earn a living.
West Nile Press Team brings you the scintillating pictures as a tribute to those employed in various sectors across West Nile region as they earn their living.
A man in Obongi town in Moyo district making sandles out of car tires. He earns a descent living out of it. Many of the youths in the town make sandles which is on high demand. They are able to pay school fees or pay medical bills out of the profit accrued from the sandles. The youths here say since it is difficult to obtain white collar jobs, they can start their own employment opportunity to earn a living. Photo by Metedio Iceta.
Some of the women selling food items at the roadside in Moyo town to earn a living. It is common for the young and old women on the streets selling different food items to relieve burden of fending for their children only on their husbands. They believe the work they do is descent enough to make them live. Photo by Metedio Iceta.
A woman in Pakwach town selling the popular Onang-nang fish. The abundant market of the fish has made several people to start the business as a source of living. Both women and men rush with their fish especially when the buses arrive in Pakwach town. The bus passengers are the main customers. Photo by Felix.
Women hustling in Paidha market in Zombo district to make a living out of the vegetables that they sell. The fertility of the land has become an opportunity for the women especially to grow vegetables which they later sell to earn a living. Photo by Okaba Patrick.
Youths in Koboko starts business commonly known as Girie for livelihood. The youth have positioned themselves near the main market to capture customers. They wake up early and by 9 am, the meat is ready and this favours those travelling to either South Sudan or other districts early. Photo by Felix
A boda boda man struggling with his passenger on a broken Aji Bridge. Boda-boda business has become a lucrative source of employment for many. Others hire the motorcycles while others have constructed houses out of the business. But it takes commitment to get through the rains, bad roads, or sunny days to earn the money. Photo by Felix.
Workers installing culverts in the refugee settlement camp. The South Sudan refugees influx has also presented employment opportunities in the camps. Many have been employed as casual laborers while others in offices. This has tried to reduce the employment gap. Photo by Elema Robert.
A man showing his talent in Arua using his leg to play the Adungu that provides soothing sound. The man is popular in town as he keeps moving to the towns with his Adungu. For every play of the songs, he is paid some money and this makes him eke a living out of it. He uses his talent as a source of living. Photo by Aluma Aribo.
A health worker offering counselling to the expectant mothers at Bondo health center in Arua district. Many of the health workers across offer services to the locals. Although the health workers remain dissatisfied with the salaries and improper housing conditions. Photo by Aluma Aribo.
Farmers in Logiri Sub-county engage in ploughing. They want the government to provide them with tractors in order to increase production. Agriculture employs about 90 per cent of people across the West Nile Sub-region and so it needs to be improved through mechanisation. Photo by Aluma Aribo
One of the journalists being roughed up by the police on Thursday as he covered a court case. The work of Journalists is becoming risky in the country as they speak for the voiceless. This has chiefly been by the armed forces. The journalists need better working environment to carry out their duty of informing the public and acting as a watchdog in society. Courtesy Photo.
The Players from the West Nile Drum team warming during their training sessions. Many of the youth have been employed by various Clubs as they earn a living through their talents in football and netball. Photo by Felix
The security forces of Uganda in pursuit of the armed South Sudanese men who entered Moyo district and raided cattle. The police and UPDF has offered various employment opportunities especially for the youth. Many of them have been involved in providing security both within and outside Uganda. Photo by Metedio Iceta.