By Kampala Post Reporter
President Yoweri Museveni has said that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government plans to have machine, carpentry, ceramics and textiles tools made in Uganda to further facilitate the availability of such tools at a low cost.
The President was on Sunday speaking at the commissioning and handing over ceremony of a common user timber workshop in Rukungiri District South Western Region. The Presidential donation that is valued at Shs.193 million, is intended to benefit 5,000 members of the Rukungiri Municipality Carpenters’ and Traders’ Association.
“I have helped you but wake up. If you work well, you will achieve a lot. NRM enabled you to choose people so that you may be served well. I want the district leaders to prioritize so that the various sectors such as carpentry, textiles and others, are facilitated with the goal of ensuring that people have the capacity to generate income,” he said.
President Museveni called for collaboration between Government and Italian-based Wood Machinery Ltd, who are manufacturers of machines, to establish a machinery workshop in Uganda. He noted that under this arrangement, machine tools would be manufactured in Uganda.
He observed that the workshop would serve the East African Region and go a long way in cutting costs of importing machines thereby facilitating the reduction in production costs. He also disclosed that Uganda shall soon start the refining of iron ore in Tororo beginning with the local casting of materials from the country’s minerals.
The Chairman of Rukungiri Municipality Carpenters’ and Traders’ Association, Mr. Emmanuel Gumisiriza, saluted President Museveni for the donation of the common user timber workshop.