President Museveni on Monday afternoon officiated at the pass-out ceremony of 1,548 Prisons warders and wardresses at Kololo ceremonial grounds in Kampala.
The President praised the Uganda Prisons’ Service for exhibiting professionalism in their work especially in the area of making furniture.
He said that he will soon issue a directive to all Government Departments, including State House, to buy furniture made by the Uganda Prisons Industries.
“Imagine buying mere furniture from outside Uganda. I will soon give a directive to government departments to buy furniture from the Prisons Industries. Government departments, even State House, should buy furniture from Prisons thus help them get capacity,” he said.
The graduands who successfully completed their 9-months training at the Prisons Academy and Training School in Luzira, were conducted through a rigorous course that comprised mainly correction and security in general.
The President hailed the Prisons’ Service for providing prisoners with correctional and skills services. He pledged support to them in their effort.
He further commended the institution for taking up his advice to grow cotton that is crucial in the textile industries, the making of animal feeds, cooking oil, gun powder as well as growing maize where seeds will be obtained for distribution to farmers in the country.
On the issue of accommodation, the President observed that the main problem with government institutions was lack of proper planning, but pledged to look into that matter.
He strongly advised the graduands to remain healthy and avoid situations that can lead them to contracting the HIV/AIDS scourge.
“Health is wealth. Please avoid alcohol and immorality. Don’t squander your life through indiscipline,” he counseled.