By Spy Uganda
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has implored Local Government leaders at all levels in Ntungamo District to ensure that the Parish Development Model program is effectively implemented so that Ntungamo becomes a model district in the country.
“Through the PDM, the NRM government has diagnosed the problem of poverty eradication for everyone and if the program is implemented properly, it will develop all parishes and the country at large,” she said.
Mrs. Museveni was officiating at the roll-out of the Parish Development Model sensitization meeting for different categories of leaders and in Ntungamo District on Monday 27th June 2022 at Kyamate Playground in Ntungamo Municipality.
Janet Museveni said, “Ugandans are mostly hardworking people, but the problem is that the extension workers do not reach the grassroots to impart adequate knowledge and necessary skills to the people.” She therefore appealed to the present leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to ensure that the extension system now efficiently works.
She noted that to date as Ukraine, which is the largest producer of cereals in the world is at war with Russia, Africa should have the world’s largest food basket, but it is surprising that Africa is currently in need of bread and food generally speaking. She said Africa should wake up to produce enough food for their families, and to feed the world.
She reminded the people of Ntungamo that when she was still the MP for Ruhaama, she yearned to witness full development. “So, I am here to remind you that it will not be befitting to associate with whoever fails the PDM objectives because he will be an enemy to the community. If you fail, you will never see me here again. It will be a shame to all of us. Ntungamo district should be a role model with PDM speaking for itself,” she emphasized.
Maama Janet also encouraged the leaders involved in the implementation of the PDM program to be committed and ensure that the young generation become open minded and can be able to identify the critical obstacles against national development.
Mrs. Museveni also appealed to the Arts subjects teachers still on strike to return to duty immediately. “Teachers, be the disciples you are supposed to be to our country and the shepherds to our children. I have said this time and again, though the media has failed to capture the matter. Teachers, you have betrayed Uganda as a country and government,” she said. She further noted that teachers should instead have been sympathetic to the children who lost two years of education since 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world.
The education minister further observed that it has been unfair for Arts teachers in public schools to hold government at ransom for salary increment yet not only has government been giving salary increments since 2016, but also faithfully paid their monthly salaries when teaching was hardly taking place for almost two years due to COVID-19. “So, I am surprised that they (UNATU) continue to be negative,” said Janet.