While speaking on Top radio last Friday, Hon. Namayanja Rose Nsereko reminded the Nation about the immense development that the NRM government has brought to the citizens of Uganda since 1986. She emphasized on how the government has greatly transformed the major sectors in the country despite the bottlenecks faced.
"Since 1986, the NRM government has intensively developed Uganda. Government has constructed over 5000km of new roads as compared to 1200km in 1982. It also pledges to work on 6000 more kilometres of tarmac roads. Today all the country's borders are connected by Tarmac roads which is a big boost to traders. They are opened up from Nimule-Busia, Katuna and then DRC border." Namayanja said.
Entebbe Express Highway
She furthermore noted that not only has the government transformed the different sectors, but has also ushered into political stability after decades of strife both within the country and with its neighbours. This she said has interested many Ugandans into working together to building a peaceful, more democratic, and prosperous future as a country.
“We had had Allied Democratic Forces in Rwenzori, Itongwa, Joseph Kony his Lord’s Resistance Army, Lakwena and others whom we defeated and the country is now secure from border to border,” said Namayanja.
She added that the peace Ugandans are enjoying is enabling them to involve in several income-generating and developmental activities.
Namayanja went forward to explain that the health sector has registered massive improvements since the NRM government came into power.
"In 1986, there were no health centre IIs in the whole country, but Uganda currently has 3549 health centre IIs. We had 89 health centre IIIs which have currently risen to 1379. Uganda had 81 district hospitals but they are currently 162 hence access to good medical care by people within their areas.
The New Mulago Speacialized Hospital
And with over 2547 medical centres, two national referral hospitals (Mulago and Butabika) and 10 regional referral hospitals have also been constructed." She explained.
On Education, she elaborated on the several policy changes including liberalisation of the sector and introduction of Universal Education at primary and secondary school levels. This, she said, has led to the enrollment of more citizens into schools hence increased literacy rates.
"Government has opened several universities from 1 in 1986 to 11 today as well as giving way to over 40 private universities," Namayanja explained.
On the new O'level curriculum, Namayanja said that it will promote effective learning and acquisition of skills, reduce subject and content overload. This will address the needs of all students and improve assessment procedures. The curriculum will also allow learners to realize their full potential, addressing the social and the economic needs of the country hence allowing flexibility to absorb emerging fields of knowledge in the areas of science and technology.
Regarding electricity, she said that Uganda has made great strides in the sector by increasing the amount of electricity in the country as well as extending it to the rural areas. This has promoted and boasted industrialisation as well as creating several jobs for the people.
Uganda's exports’ revenue earnings have risen by 8.2% resulting in the country’s balance of trade hence getting better. The economy is projected to grow by a higher percentage now that the country has sorted out key constraints to growth that included improving the road network and availing enough electricity, among others.
The NRM government has also opened up more trade in agricultural produce allowing market forces to determine the price of goods and services as well as liberalisation of trade in foreign exchange