President Yoweri Museveni has directed the ministry of Education to construct a perimeter wall around Makerere University in Kampala to ensure security for students.
President Museveni was responding to security concerns raised by the student leadership while presiding over the NRM branch conference held at Makerere freedom square on Saturday.
Not long ago, Al Shabaab militants attacked Garissa University in Kenya, killing about 147 students.
President Museveni was among those who mourned the students even promising to help Kenya fight the terrorists.
Shortly after, the Somali based insurgents issued another statement threatening to attack Ugandan institutions.
Given the situation at hand, Museveni noted that it is wrong to have such a big institution like Makerere without controlling access.
In his address to the University community, President Museveni said that while the economy has grown and revenue collection improved, there is need to know how money is distributed, so that when you ask for salary increment you see where money is going.
He added that government has laid emphasis on infrastructure development like roads because it is important for trade, which in turn contribute to government revenue through taxes.
The President urged students to shun sectarianism, saying it is wrong to confuse identity with interest saying “identity does not contribute to your prosperity, identity is good for culture, but for prosperity, a larger community called Uganda is the answer because it will give us more prosperity than these small groups because the bigger the community the wider the market.
President Museveni reminded the gathering about the cardinal principles of the NRM i.e Nationalism/patriotism; Social economic transformation and Democracy.
He emphasised that students have a role to play in the social economic transformation of Uganda by taking their studies seriously and seek solutions to challenges affecting the country through research