BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA: SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 2021
The First lady and Minister for Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni has congratulated the 103 students who graduated from Muni University on Saturday, describing the university as a symbol of hope for the people.
Mrs. Museveni advised the graduates to explore more opportunities that open in the world of work.
“Remain innovative, apply the knowledge and skills imparted in you equitably and strive to be at the fore front of transformation of our society,” she said.
Her message was contained in a written speech read by Dr. Joyce Moriku, the state minister for primary education who represented the First Lady.
During the function, the West Nile’s premier university passed out its first cohort of nurses having completed four years of training with Bachelor of Nursing science.
83 other students graduated with various disciplines including Bachelor of Science in Information technology, Bachelor of Science in information Systems, Bachelor of Science with education (biological) and Bachelor of Science with education (physical).
Mrs. Museveni said she was grateful for the efforts by Muni University to ensure that students continued to be taught on-line during the lock-down.
She reminded the people to continue to observe the standard operating procedures, stay safe and ensure that the staff and students are vaccinated against Covid-19, noting that it is the only way through which the word can overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first Lady urged Muni University to continue embracing on-line learning and other emerging technologies.
She reminded the people that West Nile has had bad history of lagging behind in terms of higher education and development since the colonial times, until the National Resistance Movement government came into power.
However, she recalled that when the leaders from the region met President Yoweri Museveni at Rwakitura in 2007, they asked for a university.
Accordingly, in 2009, the Ministry of Education and Sports was instructed to begin the process of establishing Muni University, culminating in the issuance of the statutory instrument number 31 of 2013 creating Muni as the sixth public university in Uganda.
“Therefore Muni University is not only an academic power house but a symbol of hope for the region and for the Bazukulu whose parents missed education because higher education was far and expensive,” said Mrs. Museveni.
She appealed to the university to contribute towards achieving Uganda’s Vision by training quality students.
On her part, Dr. Moriku welcomed the 20 nurses who were among the graduates, urging them to serve with passion.
“I am happy to receive the nurses and welcome them to the medical field. Know that you are called to serve,” she said.
Dr. Moriku challenged the nurses to offer quality service especially as they come at a time when the profession is facing a lot of challenges because of the Covid-19 situation.
“Keep in mind that it is a calling to serve with passion and love,” she emphasized.
Dr. Eric Adriko, the chancellor of Muni University acknowledged that higher education is the vehicle to propel development and urged the West Nile people to continue supporting education programmes.
The chancellor however asked the government to provide sh5.6b funds needed to complete the second phase of the science laboratory needed to start the faculty of medicine.