“Access education” – President urges youth

Monday 9th April 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has urged the youth to take advantage of the prevailing socio-political and economic development that the country is experiencing and use it positively, especially in the area of education. He said that it was a big problem in the past to access education but in the NRM era education is largely available in the country and in most parts it is free adding that there is no reason why people should not access it.

Speaking yesterday during Easter prayers at St. Matthew Cathedral Kyamate, in Ntungamo Municipality in South Western Uganda, the President, who himself started his primary schooling at Kyamate Primary School, said that there is no reason for the youth not to study and do well in the current situation when education and schools have been brought closer to the people.

“I used to move so many miles to look for education. Even Mzee Kaguta had to migrate so that we get closer to schools. So how about you who have schools next to you”, he said.

The President paid great tribute to the pioneer Bishop of South Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe, who was the main celebrant, for preaching love and the shunning of hypocrisy. He said that if all people followed the main law of loving God with all their hearts and loving their neighbour as they loved themselves, then there would be no hypocrisy and double standards in society.

Mr. Museveni also stressed the need for Ugandans to unite and work in conformity for the betterment of the country. He observed that divisionism weakens societal strength and so the need for people to be united to achieve greater things for themselves as individuals and for the country as a whole.

The President called on the people of Ntungamo district to make good use of the prevailing environment and work to get rid of household poverty. He particularly asked them to follow the Government’s programme entailed in the National Agricultural and Advisory Services (NAADS) so they are empowered further in modern agricultural activities. He said that though wananchi continue to crave for government services such as roads, railways and electricity, these infrastructure per se do not directly help transformation of the lives of ordinary people unless the wananchi engage in production activities that bring income into their houeholds.

Mrs. Janet Museveni, the wife of the President and Minister for Karamoja Affairs who is also MP for Ruhaama County in Ntungamo district, commended the President for choosing to attend Easter Service at Kyamate, a place where both of them studied. She also commended the people for great service in the development effort of their area. She also lauded Bishop Ahimbisibwe for the encouragement and the message of hope in his sermon to the Christians who attended the service.

On his part, Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe said the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ set a new chapter in the life of mankind. He urged Christians who believe and follow the teachings of Christ to fully appreciate that His resurrection entails the liberation of man from the pangs of eternal death. The Bishop called for unity, love and tolerance among people.

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