Museveni Okays Establishment of Lango University

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While presiding over the closing ceremony of the three-day conference, President Museveni said he will support the establishment of Lango University on condition that it promotes science education.

President Yoweri Museveni has okayed the establishment of a public university in Lango sub region.
 
Delegates attending the Lango Conference in Lira town were on Saturday afternoon left excited when the president gave a go-ahead to the proposal to establish an independent government University in the region.
 
While presiding over the closing ceremony of the three-day conference, President Museveni said he will support the establishment of Lango University on condition that it promotes science education.

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Museveni’s decision followed a memorandum that was presented to him just three months after Gulu University, another public university in the area, opened up a branch in Lira town with about 86 students.

At the annual Lango Conference, establishment of an independent university in the region was one of the resolutions reached. The conference also resolved that government should consider upgrading Uganda Technical College Lira to a polytechnic, direct state scholarship to bright students from Lango, and establish a cancer screening centre in Lango.

The participants at the conference also asked the president to consider building an industrial park, speeding up compensation of war victims and employing more sons and daughters in key government positions.

Museveni said the Lango University once established must focus on engineering, biotechnology and producing more science teachers in secondary schools. He said he is no longer interested in producing graduates who will be walking on the streets looking for jobs until their shoes are worn-out.

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Eng.Dr. Micheal Moses Odongo, the coordinator of Lango in the Diaspora, who was also the chairperson organizing committee for the conference, said the people of Lango have remained behind in terms of development.

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Dr. Odongo said government should continue supporting funding of peace, recovery and development plan (PRDP) activities.

The conference attracted more than 142 clan heads much as previously a group of 60 clan leaders were threatening to boycott the gathering citing interferences by the ruling NRM party.

If established, the institution will bring the number of public universities in Uganda to eight. The others are Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Gulu University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Butaleja University and Muni University in Arua.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.