President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni last week launched the 2nd East African Mozilla Festival 2015 at Victoria University.
At the launch, he told the youth that government was working on another ICT backbone both on land and sea that will provide an alternative route and lower the cost of internet and doing business.
“We have one route through Kenya and now we are constructing another through Tanzania.”
He said technology has changed the face of things and was a sign of renaissance in Uganda.
The president said government had put aside Shs 1bn to develop ICT parks for “youth to access free internet”.
Pledges support to developers of malaria app
President Museveni commented on youth ICT innovations including praising inventors of a malaria app.
The mobile phone app named Matibabu was developed by three computer science students at Makerere University; Josiah Kavuma, Simon Lubambo, Joshua Businge and Brian Gitta two years ago.
The malaria testing kit digitally diagnoses malaria without the need for blood samples.
Museveni, who was chief guest at the Mozilla Festival East Africa on Saturday promised to find $55,000 (Shs 180m) to fund the project to its completion.
“I am very happy that there is a renaissance. I can see that there is a new generation of people who have woken up,” Museveni said.
“Don’t get carried away and think that ICT is a stand-alone sector. It is a sector to help industry, agriculture, services and other sectors,” he said.
Museveni praised city mogul Sudhir Ruparelia, the proprietor of Victoria University that hosted the festival for using his example of success as a businessman to inspire the youth.
Pledges to educate unemployed youth
Meanwhile, while attending celebrations to mark the 17th anniversary of Universal Primary Education (UPE) held at Kololo Airstrip over the weekend, Museveni pledged to send Ugandan youth who graduated with irrelevant courses back to school in order to acquire skills required by the job market.
“You may have done Social Work and Social Administration (SWASWA), Social Sciences, Development studies, literature… If you did not get a job,” he told the youth.
“We want to create a fund where you can say that I did Greek and Latin and since there are no people who need Greek, I can get skills to do metal work,” he said, adding that this was the reason why most of them remain unemployed.