The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has cautioned the Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Monica Azuba to take extra precaution and do proper scrutiny before signing any documents in the course of her work.
The Speaker made these remarks during a Thanks-giving Ceremony held at the Hon. Azuba’s home in Kamuli District on Sunday, 11th September 2016.
“The Ministry of Works has the biggest budget and there are many people who want to abuse those funds. They will bring you documents requiring signature at short notice. Please don’t sign those documents without reading them well,” Kadaga advised.
She said that the President appointed Hon. Azuba not only for her qualification as an Engineer but also for her intellect.
“Your brilliance as an Engineer and your integrity truthfulness gained you an appointment as the Minister of Works. You must therefore, work and ensure that you develop your area in Kamuli so that the people from Busoga benefit from government programmes,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker added that the Minister needs to be as sensitive and particular when handling projects that have big budgets to make sure that the Ministry produces quality.
Hon. Kadaga also expressed concern about the parents in Butaasi Sub County who abandoned their role to nurture their children.
“The children walk around naked without dressing properly; they are left to go hungry. So how will they be able to study and compete with others from other districts?” Hon. Kadaga asked.
The Speaker said that out of the 13 schools in the Sub-County only four students passed in first grade at primary level.
She also encouraged the pupils to utilize the revision textbooks she supplied to schools.
Hon. Azuba who hails from Butaasi Sub-County in Kamuli District thanked the President for appointing her as the first female Cabinet Minister in charge of Works and Transport and pledged to work hand in hand with Members of Parliament to develop their area.
“I thank the Almighty for such an opportunity given to me to serve the Ugandans in this docket. I also thank the President who saw the capabilities of serving as a Minister and gave me this responsibility,” Hon Azuba said.
She also called upon Members of Parliament to join hands and work so that she fulfills the NRM manifesto.