By Owen B Alton
Graduates have been advised not to wait for government jobs but instead consider entrepreneurship to fight the problem of unemployment.
The Minister of tourism, wildlife and antiquities Col. Tom Butime said government doesn’t have enough jobs to employ all graduates but implores them to use the knowledge and skills acquired from institutions of learning to become self-reliant.
Presiding over the 11th Graduation ceremony of 112 graduates at Uganda wildlife research and training institute in Katwe-Kabatoro town council, Butime advised parents to promote community tourism in Kasese district as one way of creating employment to their children.
Butime said he had directed the commissioner in charge of wildlife conservation Ministry of tourism and antiquities, Mr. George Oweyesigire to solve the boundary conflict between Queen Elizabeth National Park and the local community which he said is yielding results.
Col. Butime said government is in its final stages of transitioning at Uganda wildlife research and training institute (UWRTI) to a fully flagged research institute after World Bank has donated a grant of 17 billion shillings to the institute.
Mr. Robert Baluku, the principal Uganda wildlife research and training institute, asked the ministry to strengthen partnership and linkages with universities both in Uganda and abroad.
Baluku said UWRTI is challenged with lack of a fence since it’s located in a sanctuary, no staff quarters and understaffing.
Hon.Gideon Thembo Mujungu, the Member of Parliament for Busongora south constituency, proposed to government and governing council in future to consider UWRTI as center of research that could award degrees.
Graduates received certificates and Diplomas in Natural resource management and wildlife tourism, the best being, Obonyo Gabriel, Masereka selestine and Mwesige Trevor among others.