By:  Michael Mugerwa

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja was at the National Leadership Institute(NALI), to close a strategic planning retreat organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. She was at the NALI to represent President Museveni. The retreat addressed the key subject of promoting and fast tracking the Agro-industrialization agenda.

The four-day retreat at the National Leadership Institute-Kyankwazi, brought together Senior Management and the Political Leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

In his speech read by the Prime Minister, the President said transforming the 39 percent of our population that is still outside the money economy, was the biggest challenge the country faces. ‘We must engage our people in productive and business oriented agriculture so that they can earn a good living’, he said.

The President emphasized the need for close supervision of Government programmes and projects, by the political and technical leadership. He said anybody who procures or authorizes procurement of fake seeds, or fertilizers or pesticides is a criminal and should have no place in the public service. ‘We must condone individuals who give Government a bad name and image’, he cautioned.

He also directed that Ministers and other senior leaders of Government should regularly use the media space to tell the Government story. ‘If we don’t tell our positive stories, no one else will do it for us’, he said.

The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, hailed the Prime Minister for her practical approach to implementing government business. He said that the outcome of the retreat will be presented to cabinet for final decisions, to enable implementation.

Other Ministers who attended included the State Minister for Animal Industry Hon. Bright Rwamirama, State Minister for Fisheries Hon. Hellen Adoa and State Minister for Luwero-Rwenzori triangle Hon. Alice Kaboyo and other senior government officials.  END