President Museveni lauds Mityana Diocese on development programs

Friday 31st October 2014
State House

President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated Mityana Diocese for contributing not only to the development of the Diocese but also of the nation by constructing two multi-billion student hostels at the Church of Uganda founded Ndejje University whose proceeds will also be partly used to cater for the clergy.

“I salute the Diocese of Mityana for satisfying the need of accommodation for the students of the University and also for financially empowering the Diocese to cater for the welfare of the clergy,” the President said.

Mr. Museveni made the remarks yesterday after commissioning two new multi-billion hostels at Ndejje University in Katikamu South Constituency Luweero district. The President first commissioned NOAH’S ARK Hostel for male students. The facility was built by Mityana Diocese.

The Shs.3.4 billion hostel that was constructed by Mukono Municipality-based Creative Developments (Ltd) Company will accommodate over 500 students while the Shs. 6 billion female hostel that was erected by ESMOC Engineering Solutions Ltd will accommodate over 600 Ndejje University female students.

The President was delighted to note that Mityana Diocese and Ndejje University have solved the challenges of accommodation and the welfare of the clergy. He observed that all these developments that are today mushrooming throughout Uganda are a result of the peace now prevailing in country.

“Development is exploding in the country. Wherever I go, I open projects,” he remarked.

The President was referring to the recent modern school facilities he recently commissioned in the Eastern and Western parts of Uganda that were built by government and others by private sector and the community, like the Ndejje University project.

Mr. Museveni informed the gathering that during his visit to the Vatican this week, he met Pope Francis who handed to him a document which mentions that ‘the Kingdom of God should come down to earth’. He was, therefore, glad to note that there was convergence by the clergy and societies on development issues.

The President also strongly advised to guard against the deadly diseases, like HIV/AIDS. He called on them to concentrate on their studies and on completion, think of other issues like raising families. He called for the consolidation of programs in schools such as the Presidential Initiative Strategy for Communication for the Youth (PIASY) tailored to help the youth lead productive life.

Mr. Museveni thanked the Management of Ndejje University for offering science courses adding that they are crucial for both the students themselves and the country as a whole. He revealed that in the 2015/2016 financial year government will adopt a policy that would support private universities especially those are faith based in order to promote science courses under a grant of Shs.1 billion.

The President made a contribution of Shs. 100 million to Ndejje University. He promised to tarmac the road from Bombo to Ndejje University campus and beyond.

Mr. Museveni was later introduced to the wood-ball team of Ndejje University and their star, Ms. Lilian Zawedde, who scooped trophies and medals at the recent various World Universities Wood-ball Championships that were held in China and Malaysia.

The Minister of State for Fisheries, Mrs. Ruth Nankabirwa, who represented the Minister of Education and Sports, commended President Museveni for sowing the seeds of transformation that are now bearing fruits.

The Bishop of Mityana Church of Uganda Diocese the Rt. Rev. Stephen Kazimba said the Church is now promoting business evangelism.

The ceremony that was preceded by a thanksgiving service was attended by Cabinet Ministers, MPs, religious and political leaders from Mityana, Luweero and neighbouring districts.

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