By Olivia Nabaggala
The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has scrapped off passport, travel tickets and medical checkup fees charged on youths who are taken to work abroad by local recruitment companies.
While addressing the Media in Kampala, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Permanent Secretary Pius Bingirimana believe that the companies registered and responsible for taking the youths will hence forth be meeting these costs.
Currently, 65 registered companies are allowed the Ministry of Gender to take Ugandans to work abroad.
Bigirimana says the companies were already ripping off the poor unemployed youths who are looking for jobs.
He also revealed that his ministry has signed bilateral agreements with Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and soon United Arab Emirates to allow better monitoring of Ugandans working there, there working conditions and remuneration.
Meanwhile, the ministry wants the companies to give pre-departure orientation to the youths on important rules and laws in the countries they are going such as alcohol and drug use, to avoid falling in trouble.