LIRA –President Yoweri Museveni has called upon institutions of education to prepare their learners with skills that would enable them compete favourably on the available private job markets.
Vice President, Jessica Rose Epel Alupo, delivered his boss’ message at Lira University’s 4th Graduation Ceremony held on Friday.
In the written message, which Alupo successfully read, Museveni claimed that government was prioritising industrialisation to cut down on costs as well as addressing the challenges of unemployment – common amongst the youth.
“I commend Lira University for teaching relevant academic courses for equipping students with skills that give them a better standing in the job market.
“This is the only way government and parents would gain value from the enormous investments in our children’s education,” said Museveni.
The President also cautioned fresh graduates against living reckless lifestyles – saying both parents and the government had invested a lot in ensuring their success.
Similarly, Janet Kataha Museveni – the Minister for Education and Sport called upon the management of Lira University to invest more resources in research and publication so as to attain transformation in a lucrative job world.
Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo – the State Minister for Education and Sports in charge of Higher Education, was the courier of the first lady’s message.
On the other hand, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng -the Minister of Health – and the area Woman MP tasked the University to introduce a medical school as soon as possible – saying the idea should be a priority.
She also tasked the graduates be innovative because they now have the power to create jobs of their choice.
Meanwhile, Justice Dr Benjamin Odoki – the University Chancellor, highlighted the extra ordinary performance of the students in winning both the National and international innovation contests. He requested for more funding to facilitate such projects.
A total of 387 students were awarded certificates in various fields such as public health, public administration and management, and business administration amongst other areas.