By Apollo Munghinda
Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has tasked the leadership of Namayingo district to work together and ensure that parents are sensitized about the value of keeping their children in school until they complete their studies.
Rugunda said it was unacceptable for children to continue dropping out of school because of fishing and gold mining activities in the district.
The Premier made the remarks on Saturday while presiding over thanksgiving ceremony for the Woman Member of Parliament for Namayingo district, Robina Hope Mukisa in Buhemba sub-country, Namayingo District.
PM Rugunda with MPs at the thanksgiving function for Namayingo woman MP on Saturday (Photo by PMPU)
“There is no compromise about children not going to school because of gold and fishing,” Rugunda said.
Namayingo district passed a bye law banning children from working as casual laborers in the gold mines during working days but the district has not implemented the bye law.
Dr Rugunda also supported the proposal by Bukoli Islands Member of Parliament, Abbot George Ouma that the Teaching Service Commission should consider posting only teachers who are ready to work in difficult areas to curb teacher absenteeism in schools.
The Premier thanked the people of Busoga and Namayingo in particular for voting NRM and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during the recent elections.
He also assured the people of Namayingo that the pledges made by government and President Museveni, such as addressing the issue of land evictions in Bumeru estates and the ferry for the people of Bukoli Islands will be fulfilled.
The Premier said he was pleased that the Namayingo Woman Member of Parliament was a product of Universal primary education (UPE), adding that this clearly demonstrates the importance of UPE in the country.
Namayingo district woman Member of Parliament Robina Hope Mukisa thanked the NRM government for restoring peace and security in the district.
She urged the people of Namayingo to continue supporting the NRM Government for peace and prosperity in the district.
Namayingo Resident District Commissioner, Sylvester Opira requested government to consider granting more secondary schools in the District, adding that the entire district had only three secondary schools which face the challenge of low staffing levels.
He also called for more sensitization by the Ministry of health, to address the challenge of cholera which has so far claimed the lives of 20 people, and more that 300 receiving treatment.
Namayingo District was curved out of Bugiri District in 2010. The function was also attended by Members of Parliament and District leaders.