KABALE – The outgoing Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Stanley Ntagali has asked graduates to be creative, active and to utilise any opportunity got whether small as a stepping stone for big things.
His Grace advised the graduates to have a good attitude towards work saying that fresh graduates have a tendency of despising work when they join the working sector.
Quoting from the Holy Bible; Zachariah 4; 10 – 12 “do not despise these small beginnings, for the lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand, Archbishop Ntagali advised graduates to also adopt soft skills like truthfulness, patience, time management, trustworthiness and honesty to supplement their professional experience.
His Grace was speaking at the sixth graduation ceremony for Bishop Barham University at Rugarama hill in Kabale municipality, Kabale district on Friday 11.
He revealed that in today’s world it is not enough to have a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree when you lack values, creativity, innovativeness and skills adding that majority of the university students are highly learnt but they lack innovation and it’s the reason they are unemployed.
“Learn to be creative and utilise every opportunity that comes your way as a stepping stone for big things, we should not despise small things and besides, let us learn to apply soft skills because employers find it difficult to let go off the few trustworthy workers,” said His Grace Ntagali.
“Employers also fear to employ unmanageable workers who are liars, impatient and dishonest,” he added.
The Archbishop hailed the prime minister of Uganda Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and Mr David Bahati, the state minister for finance planning and economic development for supporting the work of God especially through the church.
In a message read for him by Mr Bahati, Prime Minister, implored graduates to work hard, observe commitment and discipline when given job in some companies or government positions.
He also assured the public that the government is set to increase on the money budgeted for to cater for students who apply for the government loan scheme next financial year.
He revealed this is being done in bid to support academic improvement in the country.