“Funding development projects only possible if people have incomes –President

Sunday 30th September 2012

Over Shs.205 million out of an estimated Shs.800 million has been realized in cash and pledges during the fund-raising drive for the construction of a multi-purpose hall for Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Mushanga in Sheema district, South Western Uganda.

President Yoweri Museveni, who was the chief guest at the fund-raising drive that also included the school’s silver jubilee celebrations, made a cash contribution of Shs.20 million and a pledge of Shs.60 million. Parents had raised Shs.92.5 million, staff of the school Shs.10 million, the Board of Governors Shs.2 million.

Mr. Museveni reminded parents and all other well wishers of the school that development in Sheema District in particular and Uganda at large can achieve sustainable development only if wananchi have steady sources of household incomes.

He stressed that fund raising activities in support of development projects can be very effective only if the people are able to increase their house hold income regimes noting that “there is no way the people can contribute meaningfully towards development if they do not have sufficient household incomes.”

The President urged the leaders of Sheema District in particular and the country at large to endeavour and sensitize wananchi on the essence of the generation of household income. In reference to Sheema District, he suggested that a homestead that has 3 acres of land, could cultivate bananas in an acre, and dedicate the remaining 2 acres to coffee production and elephant grass growing for zero grazing dairy cows as part of the measures to ensure reliable household income.

Mr. Museveni the appreciable degree of cleanliness exhibited by the students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Mushanga. He, however, cautioned the student community of the school against the dangers of the HIV/AIDS scourge.

Mbarara Archdiocesan Prelate, the Most. Rev. Paul K. Bakyenga, who led the Silver Jubilee Mass, called on the students to treasure the virtue of caring for those who are unable to care for themselves once they complete their studies.

The Chairperson of Sheema MPs, Hon. Beatrice Nyakikongoro, requested the President for government intervention in facilitating Secondary Schools with computers as this would be in line with the compulsory policy of having ICT lessons at A-level.  

Mr. David Bashakara, who is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the school, while saluting the President for his presence at the silver jubilee celebrations and the fund-raising drive, he also highly commended the NRM Government for the continued support to the school, mainly through grant aid.

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