Minister of State for Works, Gen. Katumba Wamala, right, Japan ambassador to Uganda, Kazuaki Kameda centre and UNIDO Country Representative Mr Bruno Oto Tokwiny, right, after signing the agreement August 10th, 2019. (COURTSEY PHOTO)

BY UGANDA VANGUARD

LUWERO – Uganda, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Japan have signed a grant agreement for establishment of a training center for construction equipment operators. In a press statement issued August 10th, 2019 by Ms Susan Kataike, the spokesperson, Ministry of Works, the centre is to over 510 operators in the next three years to improve transport infrastructure.

Uganda government recently procured over 1,000 units of road construction and maintenance equipment distributed to all local Governments.

“Government needed to match the investment in road machinery with human resource to operate the equipment. Japan is providing a grant of 262 million (Shs8.64 billion) to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as an implementation partner to construct a training center in Luwero for heavy equipment operators in Uganda,” reads the statement.

Ms Kataike furtherexplained, “UNIDO has expertise in Technical & Vocational Education and Training. The training center is under construction in Luweero. Within the next 3yrs, the training center for construction equipment operators in Luwero aims to empower and train 50 Ministry of Works construction equipment instructors, 360 Local District Government construction equipment operators and 80 young Ugandans seeking employment in the industry.”

Minister of State for Works, Gen. Katumba Wamala on behalf of Uganda, Japan was represented by Its ambassador to Uganda Kazuaki Kameda, and UNIDO represented by the Country Representative in Uganda Mr Bruno Oto Tokwiny. Other key partners in attendance were Ministry of Education and Sports represented by the Minister of State for Higher Education John Chrysestom Muyingo and Minister of State for Local Government Namuyangu  Kacha Jenipher.

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