President Kagame Pushes for National Broadband Planning

Total E&P Uganda Thursday launched a road safety sensitization campaign for schools in Buliisa aimed at raising road safety awareness among young people and reducing the number of road fatalities and injuries.

The road safety campaign that will be conducted within Total’s area of operations starting with the districts of Bulliisa and Nebbi, viagra 60mg using the “Total Safety Cube” to sensitize schools and communities about road safety, price was launched by Buliisa district chairman, Fred Lukumu at Uganda Martyrs Secondary school in the district.

The “Total Safety Cube” is a box assembling tools to deliver road safety awareness to include a teacher’s book, student’s reference book, road signs, and posters.

The campaign that will run until late November 2014 is expected to equip young people with skills and understanding to handle themselves responsibly and safely while using the road.

Speaking at the launch, Lucien Dat, Total E&P Uganda Field Health, Safety and Environment Superintendent said that as a responsible development partner, safety is a No.1 priority not only for Total’s employees but also for the environment and the surrounding communities. “Today, Uganda has the second highest rate of road accidents in Africa and the world after Ethiopia.

According to the Uganda Police Force’s annual traffic accidents report 2011, the number of road accidents has greatly increased from 19,867 accidents in 2007 to 22,272 accidents in 2011, while the deaths from such incidents rose from 2,5t7 in 2007 to 3,343 in 2011. Total E&P Uganda identified these shocking statistics as a call to action for the company and the Road Safety initiative was borne.”

“As Uganda prepares for the production phase of the oil and gas sector, traffic flow in the Albertine area is expected to increase and we want to ensure that our young generation is adequately equipped to handle the pressure of safe road usage during this time. It is therefore important that these young people are made aware of the risks and are provided with strategies to take positive actions to remain safe. We will start off the project in Buliisa and move onto other districts in our area of operation,” he added.

Lukumu commended Total E&P Uganda for such a noble initiative and called upon corporate companies in the country to emulate such development strategies aimed at safe guarding the lives of Ugandans.


“Buliisa district has been a hive of activity over the past few years and this has brought with it many dangers especially traffic accidents due to lack of knowledge by the population on proper road safety measures. This initiative by Total E&P Uganda is a welcome venture and we appreciate your commitment to safeguarding and improving the lives of the Buliisa community and the country at large.

Total E&P Uganda is the operator for Exploration Area 1 & 1A – Lyec of the Albertine region.

President Museveni has congratulated Mityana Diocese for contributing not only to the development of the Diocese but also of the nation by constructing 2 multi-billion students’ hostels at the Church of Uganda founded Ndejje University whose proceeds will also be partly used to cater for the clergy.

“I salute the Diocese of Mityana for satisfying the need of accommodation for the students of the University and also for financially empowering the Diocese to cater for the welfare of the clergy, no rx ” the President said.

Mr. Museveni made the remarks Thursday after commissioning 2 new hostels at Ndejje University in Katikamu South Constituency Luweero district. The President first commissioned NOAH’S ARK Hostel for male students. The facility was built by Mityana Diocese.

The Shs.3.4 billion hostel that was constructed by Mukono Municipality-based Creative Developments (Ltd) Company will accommodate over 500 students while the Shs. 6 billion female hostel that was erected by ESMOC Engineering Solutions Ltd, will accommodate over 600 Ndejje University female students.

The President was delighted to note that Mityana Diocese and Ndejje University have solved the challenges of accommodation and the welfare of the clergy. He observed that all these developments that are today mushrooming throughout Uganda, are a result of the peace now prevailing in country.

“Development is exploding in the country. Wherever I go, I open projects,” he remarked.

The President was referring to the recent modern school facilities he recently commissioned in the Eastern and Western parts of Uganda, that were built by government and others by private sector and the community, like the Ndejje University project.

Mr. Museveni informed the gathering that during his visit to the Vatican this week, he met Pope Francis who handed to him a document which mentions that ‘the Kingdom of God should come down to earth’. He was, therefore, glad to note that there was convergence by the clergy and societies on development issues.

The President also strongly advised to guard against the deadly diseases, like HIV/AIDS. He called on them to concentrate on their studies and on completion, think of other issues like raising families. He called for the consolidation of programs in schools such as the Presidential Initiative Strategy for Communication for the Youth (PIASY) tailored to help the youth lead productive life.

Mr. Museveni thanked the Management of Ndejje University for offering science courses adding that they are crucial for both the students themselves and the country as a whole. He revealed that in the 2015/2016 financial year government will adopt a policy that would support private universities especially those are faith based in order to promote science courses under a grant of Shs.1 billion.

The President made a contribution of Shs. 100 million to Ndejje University. He promised to tarmac the road from Bombo to Ndejje University campus and beyond.

Mr. Museveni was later introduced to the wood-ball team of Ndejje University and their star, Ms. Lilian Zawedde, who scooped trophies and medals at the recent various World Universities Wood-ball Championships that were held in China and Malaysia.

The Minister of State for Fisheries, Ruth Nankabirwa, who represented the Minister of Education and Sports, commended President Museveni for sowing the seeds of transformation that are now bearing fruits.

The Bishop of Mityana Church of Uganda Diocese the Rt. Rev. Stephen Kazimba said the Church is now promoting business evangelism.

The ceremony that was preceded by a thanksgiving service was attended by Cabinet Ministers, MPs, religious and political leaders from Mityana, Luweero and neighboring districts.

rx ‘sans-serif’; color: black;”>Governments must enhance their National Broadband planning process to enable ICTs and broadband to catalyse socio-economic development, cure according to an Open Letter from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to delegates attending the ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference.

decease ‘sans-serif’; color: black;”>Personally delivered by H.E. President Kagame, co-Chair of the Broadband Commission, on October 28th, the Commission notes the strong links between broadband and development and urges “Member States to continue to push for inclusion of ICTs and broadband as key enabling transformative technologies in the post-2015 development agenda.”

Although there is evidence that Broadband Plans can help to adapt systems and ensure that both industrialized and developing economies can fully benefit from the digital revolution, there are currently 43 countries without any form of National Broadband plan in place.

ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré said, “The importance of a National Broadband plan cannot be understated and I encourage all nations to put in place a Broadband Plan that ensures they are ready to meet the digital revolution head-on. Broadband for all, no matter where they live, is a real possibility and represents a real opportunity to achieve meaningful digital inclusion across the globe.”

The letter comes as part of the Broadband Commission’s ongoing campaign for policy leadership in broadband as established in the Commission’s first advocacy target, tracked in the Commission’s annual State of Broadband report, which aims to make broadband policy universal – by 2015, all countries should have a national broadband plan or strategy or include broadband in UAS (Universal Access Service) Definitions.

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was launched in May 2010 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to step up efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Commission unites top industry executives with government leaders, thought leaders, policy pioneers, international agencies and organizations concerned with development. The Broadband Commission embraces a range of different perspectives in a multi-stakeholder approach to promoting the roll-out of broadband, and represents a fresh approach to UN and business engagement. To date, the Commission has published a number of high-level policy reports, best practices and case studies.

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