KAMPALA – The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has said that the national budget is premised on industrialization and skilling Ugandans especially the youth to create jobs in the production and services sectors.
While presiding over the 7th Visionaries of Uganda Awards ceremony at the Serena Kampala, the Vice President stressed that this is the reason leaders must share their vision with the people right from the households to provide solutions to their various challenges.
The 7th Visionaries of Uganda awards have been running under the theme “celebrating dynamic leadership and strengthening the fundamentals of the economy to achieve the Uganda Vision 2040.”
The Vice President said that the country’s national goal is graduating all citizens to a middle-class income status and this needs visionary leaders like President Yoweri Museveni whose main focus is helping eradicate poverty in the country.
Ssekandi said that recognition and giving awards to people both in public and private sector inspires and spurs them to think more and work harder and is also a thank you gesture in gratitude to their activities.
The vice president commended the spectrum of the awards outreach that has been extended to personalities, companies, NGOS, and government agencies which has been done through surveys and research and in a transparent manner.
The Minister of Public Service Muruli Mukasa said that the government recognises and appreciates pace setters for development in the country especially manufacturers who are doing value addition to the commodities in the country and which is in line with vision 2040.
Prof Enos Kiremere from National Planning Authority said that Uganda is resting comfortably on development mattresses which are oil and petroleum, minerals and ever-developing road infrastructure and is on the right path to achieving national goals but the serious challenge for the country is corruption.
He, however, emphasised that nations and people are challenged in order to develop if they don’t give up citing the inventor present daylight bulb who tried 1000 times before perfecting his invention and is now celebrated for giving light to the world.