Educating children is not a waste, Otafiire tells parents
Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Gen. Kahinda Otafiire has advised parents to give their children education instead of property as inheritance because they cannot misuse it.
“Education is the only thing you can give your children that they will not squander. When you leave cows, they eat them at your burial, when you leave money in the bank they share it before they bury you, when you leave buildings they will sell them,” Gen. Otafiire said.
He was speaking at the fundraising function for Mikinga Vocational Secondary School in Ruhinda, Mitooma District at the weekend.
Gen. Otafiire, also the area MP, advised students to study hard, saying what is in one’s brain matters more than anything else a human being has. The minister also said all jobs require education, including a builder adding that there was no more work for the uneducated in roads sector as it used to be.
“You must compete favourably. There were jobs in roads but people have bought graders which do everything, where will you get jobs if you are not educated? Building is done by those who are educated, mixing sand is done by machines, to touch someone’s building you need a diploma,” Gen. Otafiire said. He also advised students to strive to become computer literate.
“This country is developing at the same speed like the rest of the world. What our forbearers used to do is no longer feasible, it is the age of computer, if you do not know how to use computer you will be removed from the book of those who are alive,” he said.
Gen. Otafiire also said poor people are a danger to society, especially the able bodied who spend all their time in bars drinking.
“There is no reason why anybody who has two hands and legs should be poor,” he said.
The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, who was the chief guest at the fundraising, said her frequent travels in the countryside have helped her appreciate challenges faced by locals so as to bring them to attention of the ruling party.
“When I move around the country, it helps me to remind the President that there is a problem here, there was a pledge there,” Ms Kadaga said. She promised to forward the area needs such as power, good roads and water to central government for action.
By ALFRED TUMUSHABE, Daily Monitor
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