MPIGI. Vice President Mr Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has asked graduates to focus on job creation in the country rather than focusing on drinking alcohol, practicing adultery and prostitution.
He said moral decay in the society retards both social and economic development in Uganda.
"We should not engage ourselves in these satanic acts. Be focused and determined to transform our country. Use the wisdom and skills that you have acquired from the institution to create jobs and help your villages to move to another level in terms of development," he said.
Mr Ssekandi was speaking during the 23rd graduation ceremony (part I) of Uganda Martyrs University at their Main Campus in Nkozi Sub-county, Mpigi District on Friday under the theme, "Celebrating 25 years of excellence in the footsteps of the Uganda Martyrs."
He commended the Catholic Church for supporting government efforts in providing good education and improved health standards to Ugandans.
"You have promoted spiritual growth but your role in education and health sectors shouldn't be undermined by anyone. You have supported us (government) in empowering the population and changing their livelihoods," he added.
Prof John Chrysostom Maviiri, the university's vice chancellor lauded government for aiding private tertiary institutions in providing skills to the people through both financial and infrastructural support.
He said Uganda Martyrs University established the African Center of Excellence in Agro-Ecology and said, "in the period of five years of the project, we expect to roll out at least 30 PHDs and close to 300 Master's degrees in agro-ecology and livelihood."
A total of 1,167 (655males and 512 females) graduated and conferred with were with certificates, diplomas, bachelors, masters degrees and doctorates in different disciplines.