The speaker of Parliament, Right Hon. Rebecca Kadaga on Monday officially opened an institution to be used by most members of Parliament to educate students from their constituencies.
The institution, Citi Polytechnic Institute is found in Kyengera, Wakiso district. While addressing the students and guests, Kadaga the chief guest called upon Ugandan Educational Institutions to focus on their co- Curricular activities and studies in order to curb down unemployment carnage in the country.
In her speech, Kadaga has revealed that most of the companies in Uganda are managed by Kenyans they were in their education. “Most Ugandans lack enough qualifications due to lack of focus in education system in the country, take a survey, you will find that most companies in Uganda especially banks and insurance companies have Kenyan Managing directors because Kenyans are more focused than the Ugandans” said Rebecca Kadaaga. The speaker went further and promised to lobby for oil and gas courses at the institute to target oil jobs.
She advised the board to get in touch with Tullow managing director to be able to work together in this project. Oil industry has so many job opportunities which require technical skills which this institution offers. Such jobs are for plumbers, Truck maintainers electricians to mention but a few.
She also advised students to go for internship, on addition to that she cautioned the area member of parliament Medard Ssegona to work over the water problem at the institute. The institute was started by Gafa Owoyesigire together with a few friends.
The Speaker sponsors 50 students from her constituency where she pays over Shs120m every semester, 45 students are sponsored by Col. Fred Mwesigye paying Shs90m, Hon. Mujungu of Ntoroko sponsors 40 students with over Shs83m.
Other MPs who have joined the project started by Kadaga are Benon Biraro (Buhweju, Kadet Benjamin (Bunyaruguru), Winnie Kiiza (Kasese), Maxiwell Acola (Maluzi), Grace Namara (Lyantonde) and Kiwanda (Mityana).
The ceremony has also been attended by Busiro East Member of Parliament, Medard Ssegona, LC5 chief of Wakiso, Matia Lwanga Bwanika, LC3 chief of Nsangi sub county Hajji Abudu Kiyimba and many local area leaders. Owoyesigire said he started the institution to help Ugandan youths acquire skills that would make them job creators rather than job seekers. He said institution which started this year has already attracted over 500 students.