Uganda President Yoweri Museveni said a big section of his people need to move to urban areas in order to metamorphose from the economic backwardness.
He said majority Ugandans who live rural areas spend a lot of time wandering about without engaging in any gainful work.
He added that developed countries such as the US and UK have very few people in agriculture and majority in the service sector.
“One of the characteristics of backwardness is to have more people in agriculture than in services,” he said
The President challenged leaders of urban areas to carryout urban planning so that towns are organised to accommodate the growing urban population that stands at about 20 per cent.
“These town are not planned, they are just there, you need to plan them so that people live in organised places,” he said.
Several of our towns are developing in a distorted way. They’re shops selling threads, kerosene, cooking oil, sugar pic.twitter.com/0Es1ArrgZZ
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) August 22, 2016
But he cautioned those aspiring to live in towns to first identify what they will do there for their survival. He also asked heads of urban areas to promote and support industrialization in their areas for wealth creation.
He further noted that establishment of factories will be facilitated by development of infrastructure.
According to Uganda National Population and Housing Census 2014, the population of all urban centres is 7,425,864 people.
There are 259 urban centres in Uganda. These include one capital city, 33 municipalities, 163 town councils and 62 town boards.
The urban population has been increasing overtime from about 1.7 million in 1991 to nearly 7.4 million in 2014. This is partly due to an increase in the number of urban centres and expansion in the geographical area of already existing urban centres.
Source: Daily Monitor