Africa Launches Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund

Dr Álvaro Sobrinho and HE Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal

Government has wished Muslims in the country a peaceful and rewarding month of Ramadhan, viagra which kicked off Thursday morning.

According to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council [UMSC] Director of Sharia Sheikh Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu, fasting for this year’s Holy Month of Ramadan commenced today as apposed to earlier expectations that it would be a day before, [Wednesday], after the moon was not seen.

Ramadan is the Holy Month of the year in Islam. It is known as the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). It is believed that during this period, gates to Heaven are open and those to hell are closed.

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In his congratulatory message issued Thursday morning, Minister of Information Major Gen. Jim Muhwezi, urged all Muslims and Ugandans at large to dedicate more time to prayers, Quran recitation and self-introspection during this period as one of the five pillars of Islam.

The Minister asked Ugandans to put aside any temptations for material gains and keep away from impure motivations such as anger and greed so that they can be able to focus fully on their devotion and service to Allah.

“For you, our Muslim brothers and sisters, Government has always been with you and will remain with you all the way through this Holy month that ends in July, and beyond”, he remarked.

According to the UMSC Director, Sheikh Yahaya, Taraweeh prayers at the National mosque at Old Kampala will begin at 8:30 pm every day while Darasas (Islamic Seminars) will be held every Sunday from 10:00 am throughout the Holy month.

He wished all Muslims a successful and happy fasting during this period.

African Governments and business leaders on 13th June 2015  launched a  Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund for Africa in Johannesburg, price South Africa.

The fund whose launch event was led by the President of the Republic of Senegal HE Macky Sall, more about and representatives of the Heads of States of Ethiopia and Rwanda aims at contributing to the World Bank Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)’ programme to strengthen research and innovation in applied science, engineering and technology so as to increase industrial and agricultural productivity.

During the Launch, HE Macky Sall said in Africa there is need to depend on science and technology to increase industrial and agricultural productivity, guarantee food security, tackle diseases, ensure a safe water supply, and reduce the energy deficit.

“We must launch a sustained campaign to train and employ a great number of scientists, engineers, and technicians to achieve the structural transformation that Africa needs, and that is exactly what this programme is designed support,” he added

According to the statement distributed by African press Organisation, the African Governments involved committed to the Fund alongside a new group of prominent business figures, the ‘Africa Business Champions for Science’, to raise a total of $5million during the launch.

The statement adds that additional funds will now be mobilized from African governments, business leaders and other developmental partners, to operationalise the Fund by June 2016.

Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, Chairman, African Business Champions for Science and Chairman, Planet Earth Institute confirmed his commitment to recruiting others that share the vision of the Fund.

“Led by the African Governments and in partnership with business leaders and the World Bank, we want to go beyond philanthropy to find innovative ways to properly link industry with scientific and technical excellence for the long-term, and for the benefit of us all,” he concluded




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