Museveni: Why do we Hire Foreign Consultants?

The Ministry of Public Service has been called upon to utilise the human resource churned out from the Uganda Management Institute in order to address the challenges of management instead of sourcing expatriates from abroad.

President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the visitor of the Uganda Management Institute, made the call today at the 16th graduation ceremony of the Institute where he officiated as chief guest.

A combined total of 2704 graduands received their Doctorate Degrees, Masters, Post Graduate Diplomas, Diplomas and Certificates out of whom 1340 were male and 1364 female.

The Granduands included those from UMI branches of Mbarara, Mbale and Gulu. The 3 PhD in Philosophy were awarded to Ms. Hilda Musubira, Gard Ruzaaza Ndaruhutse and Alfred Wamurubu.

President Museveni, who commended the successive managers for adding value to UMI by imparting substance of knowledge to students as opposed to the colonial teaching of Civil Service procedures, urged officials from Public Service to ensure that the human resource produced from the Institute is recruited into the service instead of sourcing consultants from abroad.

“If graduands have all the skills of management of ideas and business, then why does the Civil Service get consultants from outside?’ he asked.

The President asked the management of UMI to ensure that the whole spectrum of the management challenges are addressed in the courses offered at the Institute. He counselled them to include any missing elements in the disciplines offered. He told the congregation that the good name of the Institute, now known globally, must be protected.

“It must not be let down in any way. It must be valid and authentic reputation globally,” he stressed.

President held a meeting with UMI Administrators at the Institute 27-4-2028

Mr. Museveni had earlier told the congregation that also included parents of the graduands, the concepts of proper management of business that has to start from the base, which is profitability.

He recalled the knowledge imparted to them during his school days of looking at the total revenue in one year that is put at the numerator as the denominator. He added that if the total costs are more than the total revenue, the figure will be less than one.

“When the 2 are in equilibrium, then the figure is one. That one will be called the break-even point,” he said.

President Museveni, however, pointed out that since the projects undertaken by officials take many years, it is important to know how to manage the serial costs and serial revenues.

“Once you manage those, then you add other skills like monitoring, recording, accountancy and accounting. Once you manage those tools, then you have solved one problem of management. You have solved the profitability of the project,” he told the cheering gathering.

President Museveni pledged to support the Institute with the proposed 2 phase of Estate Masters’ Development Plan (EMDP).

The Chancellor of the Uganda Management Institute, Ms. Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire, assured President Musvenei of the Institute’s support for government’s programmes. She thanked the Minister of Education and Sports Hon.. Janet Museveni for her support to the Institute.

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