ICT PERMANENT SECRETARY TIPS STUDENTS AT THE MAKERERE SOFTWARE SYSTEMS CENTRE
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of ICT and National Guidance Hon. Vincent Bagiire delivered a guest lecture to students of the Software Systems Centre at Makerere University. He was accompanied by Mr. Peter Kahiigi, the NITA-U Director for eGovernment Services.
This lecture is one of a series of planned engagements aimed at bridging the existing educational and skills gap between Government, Academia and the Industry. There is a need to address and equip students from universities and Institutions of higher learning with the relevant skills to address the needs of our dynamic Community and Industry.
Speaking at the Lecture, the P.S cited the effective dual use of ICT as a critical contributing factor for rapid economic growth, wealth creation and improving livelihoods in Uganda.
He pointed out the gap in Policy Research saying that there is need for specialized policy within the area of ICTs that are urgently required in Government spheres. He further noted that according to Uganda’s Vision 2040, ICT is among the key foundations that will spur Uganda’s transformation into a modern and prosperous country.
More people can now access the Internet and Government through NITA-U is working towards lowering the cost of internet bandwidth further and to integrate all Government systems; this shall create great opportunity for research. He urged the students to tap into these opportunities by creating products and services that can be utilized by Government and the Industry at large.
“We understand that Innovation is a process that takes time and we are committed to providing support through creation of hubs that facilitate youth with all requirements needed to succeed” he said.
Speaking at the meeting, the NITA-U eGovernment Services, Director Peter Kahiigi called on the academia through their research to come up with software that can support Government programs.
“This will not only save Government from spending a lot of money importing software but will offer employment opportunities for students in the sector” he added.
The Dean, School of Computing and IT, Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga called for regular engagements between NITA-U, Ministry of ICT and all relevant stakeholders to understand the capacities in the universities and identify what is lacking in Government so that streamlined efforts are made to promote development of local ICT skills, products and services.