Inadequate Engineers Slowing Uganda’s Economic Progress


medical geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has now said this is threatening achievement of the objectives of the national development framework, view but the government is reviewing the relevant laws to address the challenge.

Mbabazi was presiding over the launch of the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE) Annual Awards at a dinner held at Golf Course Hotel on Friday. UIPE initiated awards to promote excellence in the engineering practice and its application.

Mbabazi said the country’s prioritised investments in infrastructure, including oil and gas would be implemented by the engineering professionals who should brace themselves for the task.

“Value addition through employment of local professionals is a goal that the investors in the oil and gas sector must abide by as part of their licensing requirements and government calls upon you to seize this opportunity,” he advised.

Mbabazi said government had unveiled a programme flagged as “Skilling Uganda” to accelerate the pool of skilled labour in the country. The programme focuses on business, technical, vocational and entrepreneurial training.

Five engineers received the pioneer engineering awards which consisted of a cash prize, a medal and a certificate, for their excellence in the engineering practice.

They were James Zikusooka whose family received his post-humous award, Abdu Kagga and Peter Magambo of Kagga and Partners, John Nasasira, the minister of gender, labour and social development, and Okidi Latigo.

The UIPE President, Jackson Mubangizi said engineering graduates need to be placed for mentoring as pupil engineers every year. Recently 56 graduates were placed in the road sector under a programme that requires Shs 3.5bn but only Shs 256m is available.

The function was also attended by the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Eng. Hilary Obaloker Onek. Eng. John Mwono Nasasira is also the UIPE patron.


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