The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has challenged public servants to emulate Pius Bigirimana, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, labour and social development who has perfected the art of sharing his ideas by authoring books.
The Premier said Bigirimana had proved that daily work and engagements can be organized into beautiful and orderly literature that can create more awareness and appreciation from a wider and vast spectrum.
Dr Rugunda made the remarks while launching two books: “From Tears to Cheers” and “Youth Livelihood Model” authored by Pius Bigirimana at Sheraton Hotel Kampala on Friday.
“It is of great pleasure for me to share with you this moment of joy when we celebrate both talent and hard work,” said the Premier adding that it was rare to find public servants who were authors, yet they spend most of their time writing volumes and volumes of documents.
The book from “From Tears to Cheers” tells the development journey of Northern Uganda right from the time of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebellion.
It also documents the implementation strategies and processes that were embraced for the recovery and development of Northern Uganda at the time when he was Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.
“The process of fighting the insurgencies, the pacification and development of this region has been a long and tedious one,” said the Premier at the book launch.
The second book “Youth Livelihood,-A model for empowerment of the youth in the developing world” discusses the issue of youth empowerment for development.
The book offers a good model that can be used to handle the youth livelihood and curb the looming anxiety and frustration of youth unemployment.
Rugunda applauded Bigirimana for his courage firmness, forthrightness and passion for service adding that these values had served him well in his work and he remains a truly valuable resource to the Government.
The former Prime Minister Prof. Apolo Nsibambi also hailed Bigirimana for working hard to change the face of Northern Uganda at the time when he was Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Nsibambi who was Bigirimana’s political head, encouraged Ministers and public servants to write books because information can easily be distorted if books are not written, adding that Ugandans must also acquire the culture of reading books.
Bigirimana on his part encouraged fellow civil servants to develop their skills to effectively deliver services to the people of Uganda.
The Gender Permanent Secretary, commended President Yoweri Museveni for the vision of the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP).
He also the hailed the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni for passionately serving the people of Karamoja.
“Each of us have a humble contribution to make in this journey called life,” said Bigirimana adding that his next book will focus on civil service in Uganda.
Bigirimana had previously authored two books: “Corruption: A tale of Wolves in Sheep’s skin” and “Abundance Mentality”
The launch was also attended by Ministers and other senior government officials.