President Museveni commissions six veterans' houses and Ndejje Univeristy Science and Technology Complex

Saturday 16th August 2014

President Yoweri Museveni yesterday commissioned six houses constructed for the former National Resistance freedom fighters in former Mondlane High Command Headquarters.

Mondlane High Command was one of the commanding posts for former NRA freedom fighters.

Each house cost over Shs 30m and the programme will later be rolled to every part of the Luweero Triangle.

The Houses were constructed under the supervision of General Salim Saleh, Senior Presidential Advisor on Defence and Security.

Some of the beneficiaries of the houses include Surgent Peter Mukasa Kolokolo of Kawuma village, Christine Nakamia, Sarah Nakake, Late Yokana Sekamwa and Late Dan Mwebaza of Segalia vllage Nakaseke District.

Earlier, the President commissioned a multi-billion Ndejje University Science and Technology complex at the main campus where he advised the school administrators to expose students to courses that are marketable in the modern world.

He cited courses like science education, tetro-chemical science and petroleum sciences as an example.

’’Petroleum science is a very good course. It has got very big market. We need engineers, scientists, technicians, to handle our oil," he said, adding that African Countries lose a lot of wealth in the hands of oil mining companies due to lack of technical people.

The President caused laughter when he said that students who studied Social Works and administration [SWASA] and Development studies should join the army, Police and Prisons as the only institutions that can provide them with jobs.

He cited Mbarara University of Science as an example of an institution that offers courses relevant to the job market and said no student of Mbarara University floats on the streets looking for jobs except those who studied SWASA and development studies.

"If you did research in the whole country, you would not find any student of Mbarara Science University floating on the street except those who studied degree in development studies," the President emphasized.

The President said that by building Ndejje University in Luweero District, the university administration had contributed to Government's effort in rehabilitating the area.

He further commended Ndejje University administration for establishing a degree course in petroleum engineering.

Regarding infrastructure development, the President pledged to construct the 8-kilometre Bombo - Ndejje road.

The Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Jessica Alupo saluted the President for providing incentives that have played a leading role in enabling the expansion of universities in the country from only one in 1986 to 38 in 2013.

She observed that the number of public universities in the same period has increased from one to six.

Hon. Alupo revealed that the Government has directed private universities to charge students from the East African region the same fees like their Ugandan counterparts.

She commended the Ndejje University for allowing Primary and Secondary Schools to use its good sports facilities.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Bishop Evans Kisekka thanked the President for honouring the invitation.

On his way to commission the veterans' houses, President Museveni made a stop-over at Kijakujjo Trading Centre Nakaseke District about 4km from Ndejje University to chat up people who had gathered to receive him.

President Museveni laid a wreath on the grave of the late Yokana Sekamwa of Kawumu village and donated a vehicle to the family members.

Addressing a rally at Kawumu Village Katikamu sub - county Luwero District where the hand-over ceremony for the houses took place, the President said construction of the houses was to help the National Resistance fighters who struggled to liberate Uganda from former bad regimes and in the process endured destruction.

He thanked the people of Luweero Triangle in particular and Uganda at large for supporting the protracted armed people's liberation struggle and said he was pleased to support some of the families by building them residential houses.

’’I thank the people of this area for supporting our struggle. We were able to defeat the killers and bring peace to our area,’’ he said.

The President said that after coming to power, the NRM embarked on rehabilitation programme which has now graduated to the development of household income through the distribution of seedlings and breeding materials.

He explained that even if one had a house, one needed to engage in production and livestock rearing in order to create wealth and earn money to enable them lead good lives. He called on residents to embrace activities that generate money on a sustainable basis.

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