By Kampala Post Reporter
President Yoweri Museveni has launched the Jinja Data Centre branch, an annex of the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-Uganda) Data Centre Base in Kampala City.
NITA came into force in 2012/13 when the Cabinet approved the national strategy to rationalise the use of ICT services within government in order to reduce duplication and wasteful expenditures on ICT software and infrastructure.
Speaking to the staff of NITA-U at the inauguration ceremony in Jinja Municipality on Thursday, President Museveni congratulated them for acquiring a modern facility that he referred to as a centralised system which coordinates the entire mechanism. “I congratulate you. Good luck in national service delivery,” he said.
The President was led on a guided inspection tour of the facility by the Director, Maj. Gen. Apollo Gowa, who is also Commissioner, Citizen and Passport Control, NITA-U Executive Director, James Saaka and Director of e-Government Services, Peter Kahigi.
The President also commissioned the 3Kilometers of reconstructed roads in Jinja Municipality. The project cost the Government of Uganda about Shs12 billion. He told the gathering at the ceremony held at the Municipality’s Main Street, that NRM’s method of work is prioritizing development projects.
“Here in Busoga Sub-Region, the government started with building rural roads such as Kaliro and Kamuli roads and the highway to Kenya border as urban centres survive in many aspects on rural setting of hardworking communities mainly on food supplies. The work on road infrastructure in municipalities marks the beginning of commitment to building more roads around the country,” the president said.
He urged the people in Jinja District to utilize the roads profitably to engage in production ventures. Parliamentary Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga said eastern Region’s districts of Greater Soroti, Mbale and Jinja have benefitted immensely in roads infrastructure. Jinja Municipal Mayor, Majidu Batambuze expressed the resident’s gratitude to Government for the reconstructed roads in Jinja.