By Micheal Atwakiire
Sheema: The minister for Science technology and innovation Dr Elioda Tumwesigye Katsyamutwe urged youths to stay safe downstairs and smart upstairs.
Tumwesigye made these remarks at Karera Technical Institute in Sheema municipality, at the institution’s Technology and Innovation day held on Sunday.
Minister Tumwesigye said that “Most youth today tend to cause stress to their parents when they are about to finish studies at higher institutions of learning. Most girls and boys drop out from school when they are remaining with a few years or months to complete their studies after their poor parents wasting money on them.
It’s that stage where you are so attractive to sugar daddies and mummies and you end up leaving school without graduating. Don’t be enticed by simple gifts you’re given by boda-boda guys to sleep with you. I urge you to stay safe downstairs and smart upstairs, after all, all people are the same and it is written nowhere that after death, God will ask you how many times you fornicated ” the Minister said.
He thanked students of Karera Technical Institute for their innovation skills and urged residents of Karera who hold big government positions to return home and develop their area.
“It is this unity and returning to develop our home area that has put this institute on map. I was so surprised and dearly amazed when I saw our students from local Karera with these innovative projects which you showcased today, including electric bulbs controlled by light sensors, popcorn machines, equipment for simultaneous charging of over 24 batteries, factory electricity control panels, indigenous microorganisms (IMO) for smell prevention, innovations in bricklaying ànd various others.
I encourage people to support this institute and other similar institutions. Parents are also encouraged to send students to the institute as those who complete studies here have a lot of potential. We are going to link this institute to industries and zonal parks ” Minister Tumwesigye added.
Saphra Namara, a second year student offering Electric Engineering, who managed to use the available resources to make a cable, bulb, popcorn machine and electric switch, asked her fellow youths to get involved in technical activities, saying that it’s rare to find a graduate from a technical institution pleading with government for job.
She added that although she is a student, through her innovation and technical skills, she earns more money than some civil servants who have spent years in service.
The Principal Karera Technical Institute Boaz Turyahabwe said that students are determined to undertake innovative projects but their biggest problem is insufficient funds.