President Museveni pledges 500m towards UMU silver jubilee projects
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has pledged UGX 500 million shillings towards the construction of two Silver Jubilee projects which include the Silver Jubilee Complex at Lubaga campus and the Alumni Equator project with a contribution of UGX 400M and UGX 100M respectively.
President Museveni made the pledges while officiating as Guest of Honour during the Uganda Martyrs University Silver Jubilee Celebrations that were held today Friday 9th November 2018 at the Main Campus Nkozi. The president also made a cash contribution of UGX 20M to the Nkozi L.C. 1 SACCO which was handed over to the L.C. 1 Chairperson Dr. Joseph Ssekandi to boost the economic activities of the SACCO saying it is part of the government initiatives of improving household incomes.
He was happy that UMU has come of age and promised to continue giving support to activities that are geared towards promoting teaching and research in institutions of higher learning. Besides unveiling the architectural drawings of the proposed Silver Jubilee Complex, President Museveni also launched a book in Celebration of Uganda Martyrs University Silver Jubilee titled; Higher Education for African Challenges of the 21st Century.
The Patron of Uganda Martyrs University and Archbishop of Kampala His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga extended sincere appreciation to President Museveni for helping the children of this nation to obtain a bright future through education.
He also urged all Christians to always Remember, Rejoice and Renew their services to the people of God in this country as Jesus Christ did. He appealed to the government to continue assisting private institutions of Higher learning most especially UMU because of their big contribution towards the development of this country.
“There are very many prominent people who went through this University and many developments that we see in the area because of Uganda Martyrs University”, he mentioned.
The Chancellor of Uganda Martyrs University His Grace John Baptist Odama who is also the Chairperson of Uganda Episcopal Conference was grateful to the founders of UMU for setting a firm foundation on which this University was built. He assured all UMU stakeholders that Uganda Episcopal Conference will continue to guide and support the University to greater heights.
Rev. Prof. John Chrysostom Maviiri highlighted some of the successes the University has attained and the challenges ahead most especially the construction of the art of the Silver Jubilee Complex at Lubaga Campus that requires UGX 16 billion for the first phase and appealed to all stakeholders to contribute to this noble cause.
He presented awards to the founding UMU members and outstanding stakeholders for their enormous support to the University. The Silver Jubilee Celebrations were held under the theme: Celebrating 25 years of Excellence in the Footsteps of the Uganda Martyrs.