At a function attended by Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni, First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports and the Chairman of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with the UAE Ambassador, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed for the partnership between the government of Uganda, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Busoga Kingdom at the newly completed magnificent Busoga International Polytechnic Institute at Igenge Hill.
The First Lady who applauded Busoga Kingdom for the philanthropic gesture of availing land to the UAE investors to set up a vocational skills institute, with capacity to offer the highest level of training in welding, plumbing, electronics, ICT, mechanics and carpentry among others noted that this will go a long way in supporting the government program of promoting vocational skills at international standards.
During the function, Isebantu Kyabazinga William Gabula Nadiope, IV thanked President Yoweri Museveni who initiated the partnership and the first lady for her astute leadership and hands-on hard work that is creating inroads to solving the unemployment problems through skilling youth for job creation and national development.
He commended the UAE investors for the fraternal working relationship with the Kingdom whose youthful subjects will be given up to 200 scholarships per year and the good bilateral relationship with Uganda that has yielded building in record time a polytechnic in Busoga which will go a long way in addressing the skills gap in the country.
He pledged his utmost commitment and support towards the partnership and other development and humanitarian ventures between the two countries.
The Prime Minister of Busoga,Owek. Dr. Joseph Muvawala who signed on behalf of the Kingdom pledged the Kingdom’s support to the institute as a way of fighting poverty, illiteracy/ignorance and diseases in their area of jurisdiction. He furthered called upon more partners in various sectors to come and invest in the region, emphasising the strategic benefit of working with a Kingdom that has the goodwill of the masses and land.
The Premier thanked the First lady for accepting the Kyabazinga’s land offer. He also lauded MPs Moses Grace Balyeku (ex-Jinja West),Mariam Naigaga (Namutumba Woman),Nelson Lufafa (ex-Butembe) and former Jinja LC 5 chair,Titus Kisambira for the part played and the support of stakeholders in Busoga for this achievement.
In his speech the Chairman Shalja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, H.E Abdallah Sultan Al Owais assured the government of Uganda and the Kyabazinga of Busoga of their commitment to the education cause and pledged to fulfill all their responsibilities and obligations for the successful execution of the MOU,
As per the MoU, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has 65%, Busoga Kingdom 25% and the Government of Uganda 10% for the next 10 years thereafter, the shareholding will be 50-50% between Busoga Kingdom and government.