SAYS GRADUANDS SH’D USE ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE TO CREATE JOBS!
In a fatherly advice to Kyambogo university Graduands this morning, President Yoweri Museveni has advised them to keep a positive attitude and avoid being tempted to get rich quickly through corruption.
The president through the Vice President Maj. Jessica Alupo offered his advice to the graduands during the 19th graduation ceremony at Kyambogo university where Alupo represented him.
Museveni encouraged them to utilize the available opportunities and use their skills to be
innovative to create jobs.
He said by creating jobs, they will be able to employ others hence making them actively participate in the money economy.
“I congratulate you for coming to this important stage of your life and career. I advise you to continuously re-invent yourselves to remain relevant by focusing on the needs of the people. Use the knowledge and skills to contribute to sustainable social, economic transformation of Uganda” the president said.
He went on ‘Be patriotic, disciplined and have a positive attitude and you must avoid the temptation of getting rich quickly through corrupt means’ Museveni said that he will not tire to remind Ugandans of his and NRM vision of creating wealth and jobs through four key sub-sectors of Commercial agriculture, Industrialization, Services and ICT.
He advised youths to take advantage of government programmes in these sub-sectors and rid themselves of stinking poverty.
SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
Museveni noted that government with support from African Development Bank (AfDB), Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST) Project provided infrastructure, science
laboratories modern/state of the art equipment to Kyambogo University to take lead in research and innovation that supports industrialization.
“My expectation is that the University will use the facilities to enhance the national capacity for scientific research, innovation, value addition and manufacturing while giving skills to the young people to enable them curve out a sustainable livelihood from the knowledge gained here” he told the university bosses and commended them for running what he called the big number of highly demanded science related programmes.
The president reminded them that as a country, Uganda needs many more scientists including science teachers in our schools to train the young people.
He said in order to sustain national capacity for scientific research and innovation, the country needs to invest in its Professors, Scientists and Professionals.
Museveni said government is committed to enhancing salaries of Professors, Scientists and other categories of employees but in a phased manner so as to keep them instead of running away for greener pastures.
“This has been my crusade and I am glad to note that we have now achieved some success with professors and scientists. We must emphasize Science and research as cornerstones of our development and survival as a nation” he said.
The president encouraged Kyambogo to continue on the path of research and innovation in partnership with Dr (Monica) Musenero’s Ministry of Science and Technology which he praised for doing a wonderful job.
He commended the university management for providing an environment that accommodates a large number of students and the Ministry of Education and sports for continuously guiding the administration on effective and efficient delivery of it’s mandate.
Several students walked home with Doctor of Philosophy, Masters and Bachelors’ Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates.
“This is a sign that the young university is growing steadily over the years. I also note that from 5,000 students in 2003, the student population has grown to over 30,000. This is a tremendous achievement and I congratulate you” Museveni observed before thanking parents and guardians for promptly paying tuition and related expenses to enable their kids to study.