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Museveni launches ICT backbone in Katakwi district

President Museveni launching an extension of the ICT backbone in Katakwi District on Saturday. (PPU PHOTO)

KATAKWI – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday 15 afternoon launched an extension of the ICT backbone in Katakwi District.

This is an extension of the Phase IV national backbone infrastructure connectivity project that the president recently launched in Koboko District, run by NITA-Uganda.

Mr. Museveni who was in the district on his wealth creation campaign also launched a revamped ICT laboratory at Ongongoja Secondary School in Usuk Sub-County. “This will enable students benefit from e-learning services installed by NITA Uganda and UNICEF,” he said.

Among the services installed include Kolibri, an educational software that provides world-class content for students, plus examination simulators for a smooth learning curve of all students at Ongongoja Secondary School.

Mr. Museveni arrives at Obulengero Primary School grounds, Okulonyo Sub-county, Katakwi district. (PPU PHOTO)

Mr. president revealed that this area has the highest number of National Resistance Movement (NRM) supports, a reason he has to reward them.

“Spoke to the people of Katakwi at Obulengero Primary School grounds, Okulonyo Sub-county, Usuk County. This sub-county gave the NRM the highest number of votes in Teso sub-region in the 2016 elections, the reason I came to thank its residents,” revealed Uganda’s longest serving president.

“This area was a frontline when Karimojong raiders came to rustle cattle. The NRM government managed to stop that criminality and the raids are no more. Teso is fully pacified and at peace,” he added.

Just like in other tours, the president asked residents to use the peace that the government has provided to them and develop themselves, particularly adopting commercial farming.

“This peace has enabled the government undertake development projects like building roads, extending electricity, among others. But development is not enough if individuals do not improve their own incomes and livelihoods.”

Mr. Museveni addresses residents of Katakwi at Obulengero Primary School grounds, Okulonyo Sub-county, Katakwi district. (PPU PHOTO)

“I want you to abandon subsistence farming and embrace commercial agriculture, which is profitable and will give you higher incomes. Use the developments like roads, water, electricity to improve your incomes,” urged Mr. President.

He also encouraged the locals to utilize their leaders for they have been equipped with much knowledge regarding transformation from his (Museveni) lecture he conducted in Soroti on Friday.

“On Friday I held a lengthy discussion with your leaders in Soroti. I have tasked them to come to you and explain how we should create wealth. Listen to them and together let’s implement what you agree on. The government will support you.”

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