President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated NRM government’s commitment to skill Ugandans particularly the youth by establishing a technical school in every constituency in Uganda.
“We have a plan to build a technical school in all constituencies. The effort is to make our children to get skills. If you acquire skills, there is no way you can fail to get a job. Skills can give you wealth,” he said.
The President was this afternoon presiding over the graduation ceremony of over 300 youth who have completed courses in various fields at Lutunku Community Polytechnic in Lugusuulu sub-county, Mawogola North Constituency in Ssembabule district.
Lutunku Polytechnic, a brain child of President Museveni offers long and short time courses in formal and informal dairy keeping, carpentry and joinery, brick laying and concrete practice motor-vehicle mechanics, tailoring, catering-food preparing and processing, electrical installation and hair dressing among others.
President Museveni who recommended the inclusion of the ceramic course in the schools syllabus informed the gathering about the genesis of the school saying he bought land from one Mr. Ntambala who had already built a senior secondary school.
He then decided to make that secondary school a polytechnic to provide people in the area and beyond to acquire skills.
The President however noted that providing skills alone was not enough hence the need to support graduates with tools and startup capital.He therefore called on the Ministry of Education, Technology, Science and Sports to create a fund to enable graduates from polytechnic institutions to get loans for purchasing equipment and kick start capital.
Responding to some of the concerns raised by the LC 1 chairman of the area Mr. Seguya, President Museveni said the Ministry of Works will construct a bridge on river Kyojja to enable the youth from across to access training at Lutunku Polytechnic.
He further promised to solve the water problem affecting the area. The President also pledged to build a church that was demolished during the on-going construction of the Ssembabule to Gomba road.
President Museveni on arrival at Lutunku toured the exhibition of the products by the students of the school and also commissioned a workshop at the polytechnic.
He handed over tools and equipment to the instructors for the students which he offered to them as a grant as well as kick-start funds.
The Head Instructor Lutunku Community Polytechnic Mrs. Zalwango Lubwama Evelyne commended President Museveni for supporting the Institute.
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Education, Technology, Science and Sports Hon. Jessica Alupo, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Planning Rose Mary Najeera as well as political and local leaders from Ssembabule and Goma districts.