Luweero. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) executive director Allen Kagina has assured university graduates with “maximum integrity and honesty” of a better future in the job market.
Addressing the 17th congregation of Ndejje University where a total of 2,602 students graduated on Friday, Ms Kagina said many institutions produce graduates without addressing one of the main challenges facing Ugandans when it comes to integrity and honesty.
“You have possibly heard from the media the ongoing probe regarding Uganda National Roads Authority. This is a question about the past UNRA and not the present. This is where I must now address the problem of integrity, honesty and sticking to ethical codes,” she said.
“You are graduating from a university with a reputation in areas of sustainable development. You must be ready to act as agents of change and stick to ethical codes,” Ms Kagina added.
According to the university Vice Chancellor, Prof Eriabu Lugujjo, graduates have been prepared to become change agents ready to move Uganda forward. “We are proud that our efforts in transforming Uganda under sustainable development as one of the strongest pillars of nation building, concerned,” Prof Lugujjo said.
“The more than 2,600 students we are sending out are better placed to be good change agents. Ndejje does not only prepare the students in academics, but a whole person with the different attributes to positively contribute to nation building,” he added.
The vice chancellor said the institution has designed a programme to fully engage in training engineers and middle-level cadres to spearhead research and extension work in the areas of charcoal production, wind energy turbines, solar energy, and fossil oil energy.
The university Chancellor, Dr Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa, said higher education though highly desired is very expensive for a private university like Ndejje.
“They (universities) need a helping hand from government. We are also thankful to government through the President who recently pledged Shs1.5 billion for our science programmes, including the upgrading of our road,” Dr Kisamba said.