The Senior Vice President Africa/Middle East, Total Marketing & Services, Mr. Momar Nguer has called upon Governments on the African continent to create an enabling environment for more investments on the continent as a way of tapping into the enormous potential of the youth. The Vice President was speaking at a Public lecture in Makerere University on 13th Nov. 2013, on the topic, ‘Why I believe in Africa.’
In a meeting with the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. J.Y.T. Mugisha prior to the Public Lecture, Mr. Nguer accompanied by Mr. Imrane Barry, Managing Director, Total Uganda Limited and other Total officials expressed his gratitude at being given the opportunity to share with students his vast experience. Welcoming Mr. Nguer to Makerere, Prof. Mugisha thanked Total for choosing the University to host the lecture, noting that it was a good exposure opportunity for our students. Commenting on the courses already offered by the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Prof. Mugisha noted
“Our Department of Geology and Petroleum Studies offers courses at both Undergraduate and Graduate Levels in partnership with the University of Bergen,” he said. “We signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding with Total E&P Uganda in May 2012 to promote education and development through which our students have already secured study opportunities,” added Prof. Mugisha.
In his address to Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate students who attended the Public Lecture, Mr. Momar Nguer outlined Africa’s continued economic growth, A burgeoning Middle Class and An improved economic environment resulting from Good Governance as three main reasons why he believes in Africa. According to Nguer, Africa is the continent that has it all. “This continent has a healthy growth rate, which economists say is characterized by a decrease in the dependency ratio. Investment in Africa is key as the Government cannot accommodate all the youngsters coming from Universities, who are over 40,000 annually in most countries,” observed Mr. Nguer.
“Government has to create an enabling environment for companies to operate. If you take the example of mobile payments, what we are doing in Africa is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Africa is taking the lead and this is a good demonstration of the potential of business in Africa if the environment continues to allow. We cannot be the ones lagging behind all the time. We should not allow this,” he asserted, further adding “We need to set the pace in some domains. The rest of the world has not seen us yet.”
Nguer revealed that Total Uganda will during the course of 2014 roll out a Young Entrepreneur Initiative to facilitate the creation of Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) to help Graduates create their own businesses, as is done in South East Asia and the United States. “We need to give hope to our people. It is not about leaving it to Governments alone. As Total Uganda, we intend to launch an initiative on young entrepreneurship,” he explained. He called upon Government to prioritize agriculture as a backbone for Africa. “Each of us should think of things that benefit the entire continent. Why subsidize fuel and not fertilizers?” he wondered.
Commenting about the potential of oil in Uganda, Vice President Nguer asserted that Uganda currently enjoys a coveted position and needs to take full advantage of it. “Uganda is lucky to be the first country in the region to be producing oil. She can take the lead and be a reference point as the country with experts on oil for the region. Right now Uganda may not have the expertise but will certainly do so in the next 5 – 10 years as more citizens get grounded in the industry. That is what Uganda should be striving for,” he said.
Mr. Nguer also reiterated Total’s commitment to exploitation of alternative sources of energy. “Total has acquired SunPower on of the biggest Solar Companies and won the contract to build a 70MW solar plant in Chile. We also launched the Awango Solar Lamp which provides up to 6 hours of lighting for rural areas and although our target was 300,000 units by 2015, we have already surpassed it and our new target is 1million lamps.”
He reinforced Totals’ commitment to partnering with Makerere University through their graduate management training programme that has seen up to forty five fresh graduates train at Total Uganda. In his parting remarks, he counseled the congregation to “Think beyond yourself. Think about your community, country and continent. In that way you will build a lasting legacy,” he concluded.
Article by Marion Alina, Public Relations Office
UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.
Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;
- JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
- Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
- Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
- For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
- Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
- Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
- Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
- In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.
Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.
MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
- Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.
Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors
Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.
Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal
There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.
How to Apply
Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.
NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.
Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.
During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.
Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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