BY OPIO SAM CALEB – KAMULI
Leaders in Busoga have asked government to fulfill the parliament’s resolution to for a Public University in Busoga by taking over the closed Busoga University to boost education provision in the region.
Speaking at the funeral of veteran teacher Deborah Katalo 79 at Balawoli, Busoga Education crusader Dr David Kazungu rallied Basoga to fight for the opening of the University hook or crook to boost Education provision in the region.
Kazungu urged that in the regions quest for quality education services, the University should be strategic and relevant to Busoga’s needs as embedded in the founders (Bishop Bawmoze)vision and such course include Agriculture, Science Education, marine Engineering, Fisheries, Teachers Education among others.
“Since we are in the cattle corridor, farmers and have R. Nile we need to train ferry pilots and boat builders instead of importing them from Tanzania, we need more teachers and modern farmers,” Kazungu urged.
Responding to the Public outcry, the Speaker of parliament and Busoga Caucus chairperson Rebecca Kadaga revealed that leaders in Busoga are holding talks with government for the takeover to boost service delivery.
Kadaga who is also the Busoga University Council chairperson said the high level talks are focusing on specific tailored courses not going in for everything.
She said this is in line with a parliamentary resolution last year to open a Public University in Busoga that zeroed on Namasagali which was later attached to Busitema.
The Bishop of Busoga Diocese Paul Naimanhye said the church founded the University in response to the education challenges in the region and is ready to partner with government with which it relates so well to ensure the University grows as fulfillment of the dream, vision and mission of the Diocese and in the partnership the diocese will remain with the hand, ear, eye and influence but with University offering better services.
“We can not let our child die but seek treatment, immunization and we have always partnered with government to serve Gods people. What we need is programs and courses tailored to the core needs of the region,” Bishop Naimanhye echoed.
The Bishop said the church has always given support to institutions giving land to start schools and later hand them over to government for management and funding like Busoga College Mwiri, Busoga High, Iganga Core PTC so this will not be new development as we serve for God and our country.