State Minister for Works Gen Katumba Wamala has hailed Muslims for investing in education, urging them to expand their scope to even agriculture and infrastructural development.
Katumba was speaking this week at Buziga Islamic Theological Institute as the school received a brand new bus worth Shs 250m from Dubai Taxi Corporation.
“We can as well partner in different areas for better investments of the country. Uganda has the best fresh fruits in the world and that is a big area of investment. You can even export as many fruits as possible to your country,” Katumba said.
He promised to talk to officials at Uganda Revenue Authority to scrap tax worth Shs 60m which is the remaining huddle for the school to take full possession of the bus.
The bus is expected to assist students on education tours and sports activities. The institute also received 75 bicycles worth 75m for imams and some students in the school’s day-section. They also go 800 school bags.
The school started in 1982 by the late Sheikh Edris Lutaaya, with the objective of having both the Islamic and secular education system in Makindye division. Most students at Buziga Islamic Theological Institute are orphans and those from poor families.
Katumba advised students to attend school, listen to teachers and be confident in order to succeed in life. He further urged the school administration to protect the donated bus.
The Supreme Mufti Sheikh Kasule Ndirangwa thanked government for protecting and allowing investors to come to Uganda in different sectors such as education, health, religion and transport.
“We thank different investors who have helped us in building various mosques, hospitals and schools within the country. The donation has benefited many Ugandans especially the young generation,” he said.
He also commended Sheikh Lutaaya for his vision of creating such a school that caters for orphans and the poor.
Dr Yusuf Muhammad al-Ali, the chief executive officer of Dubai Taxi Corporation, hailed the institution for employing people with knowledge and integrity.
“The integrity of the people in this school will help it get more donations from the Arab world and the responsibility plus confidence of teachers will also improve the school’s performance,” he said.
Makindye East MP Allan Sewanyana also appreciated the donors for this noble cause.