Jinja boss cautions students on striking

By Stephen Mulaabi, :: 10-04-2012

Fred Gume Ngobi

Jinja district LC V chairman, Fred Gume Ngobi has cautioned university students against striking.

Speaking to students and staff of the Basoga Nseete Association  get-together at UCU on March 25, Gume advised students that activities like strikes were destructive.
“Strikes are too destructive because they may lead to loss of lives, expulsion, suspension and loss of property. Buildings have been burnt and yet some of them are mortgaged through financial institutions which later become a setback to the university administration and in return both the students and parents suffer through tuition increment to enable the university recover and match on the current economic standards,” Gume said.
He cited the recent strikes at some public universities, advising that students find a way of expressing their grievances instead of resorting to strikes. He told the members that the best way of solving their grievances is through proper communication channels to the university administration.
Gume also toured the Bishop Tucker campus and praised UCU for its academic and infrastructural development.
“Those who visited UCU between 2000 and 2002 can easily get lost on the university campus. This is because many magnificent buildings that have been set up and the old ones renovated,” he said after the tour.
Gume wooed the students from Busoga region to use their skills and knowledge gained so far to sensitise their parents and the communities to fight poverty. He cited the high population level in the region which is not matching with the available resources.
On the health issue, he said they are trying through the Ministry of Health to improve the conditions but encouraged students to get involved in one way or another.
He thanked the university administration for the support it accorded the Basoga Nseete Association last year when they joined different teams and organisations to fight the jigger epidemic in Busoga region.
Present at the occasion were Rev. Stanley Wareeba, a lecturer in the Department of Development Studies, and the University Librarian Dr. Frederick Mukungu.
The ceremony was attended by the members from Kyobe Laboratory Training Institute, UCU Kampala Campus, Kyambogo University, Kampala International University, the Islamic University in Uganda, Makerere University, Nkumba University, Kampala University and Ndejje University.
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