President Yoweri Museveni has asked graduates from Kyambogo University to embrace government wealth-creation programs to overcome poverty during their post-university life.
The President first urged the graduates to avoid the temptation of getting rich quickly through corrupt means, but to leverage the skills acquired during their university education to foster innovation and create employment opportunities, enabling them to actively contribute to the economy.
He also encouraged them to embrace the existing wealth-creation initiatives such as the Parish Development Model and establish startups rather than solely seeking traditional employment. His message was delivered by Vice President Jesca Alupo Epel.
The three-day graduation ceremony that started with the faculties of Special Needs and Rehabilitation, together with the School of Management and Entrepreneurship will see 10,926 students graduate from various fields. The University will also graduate eight Ph.D. students, an increase from five who graduated last year.
Professor Eli Katunguka, the University’s Vice-Chancellor reiterated the appeal for more staff saying the recurrent problem of low staffing was affecting their output. Katunguka said that they are currently working with 31 per cent of the required staff due to wage bill limitations.
Dr Gorreth Nakabugo, the Chairperson of the University Council also requested the government to lift the ban on recruitment of staff to address the staffing gaps. She noted that although the Ministry of Public Service approved the new structure of Kyambogo University, it is still at 33 per cent implementation due to the ban on recruitment.
Nakabugo still appealed to the government to construct a perimeter wall around the University’s land to avoid curtail encroachment which is facilitated by its porous borders. For long, the University has battled land wrangles which intensified in 2021 when its land title disappeared from the registry of Kampala Capital City Authority.
Meanwhile, the University Chancellor, Prof. John Yakobo Okedi used the opening day to launch his book “Yes, Mr. Chancellor Sir” where he documents the Teso culture at the beginning of the last century and describes the environment of missionary and Christian education norms in eastern Uganda.