Gov't releases shs1.5bn for completion of Amelo Technical Institute

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Gov't releases shs1.5bn for completion of Amelo Technical Institute
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By Martin Okudi

The government of Uganda, under the Saudi Foundation funded project, has provided Shs1.591 billion for the completion of Amelo Technical Institute in Adjumani district, which was established under the strategic plan of skilling Uganda.

The Ministry of Education and Sports has already entered into a contract with M/S Hotel Zawadi limited to undertake the outstanding works which are expected to be completed within a period of six months from the date of commencement.

Construction of the institute commenced in 2014 but  two previous contractors were discontinued over failure to discharge their contractual obligations, leaving the site incomplete to-date.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, the principal of Amelo Technical Institute Patrick Ejom said the contractor will use part of the funds to fix water supply distribution, electricity supply, installation of training equipment in welding and agriculture departments.

“It is my belief that if all what we have been lacking is put in place, we shall double our efforts in ensuring that everyone performs their roles as expected,” Ejom said.

Ben Anyama, the local council five chairperson of Adjumani district, disclosed that Amelo Technical Institute was constructed to meet government’s objective of delivering quality skills to trainees in Northern Uganda and the surrounding areas.

Adjumani district woman member of parliament Jessica Ababiku said with all the equipment that are expected to be put in place ,she expects Amelo Technical Institute to become a centre of excellence in the provision of demand driven skills in agricultural and mechanical engineering sector.

“Skilling our people will boost the economy of the sub-region and beyond. I appreciate the government of Uganda for availing us with the additional funds for completion of the institute,” Ababiku said.

While handing over the contract documents to the contractor, the Minister of State for Primary Education, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu revealed that a section of employers in Uganda often complain about the shortage of appropriately skilled workers and this has reportedly cost the country millions of shillings that is why government is putting in place measures to address the impasse.

“As government, we want to continue producing competent and qualified personnel that are fit for the job market.”

Dr Kaducu cautioned the contractor to ensure the assigned works are executed within the stipulated time frame.



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