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GOVERNMENT TO GIVE ID NUMBERS TO CHILDREN BELOW 5 YEARS

With the Sim card registration exercise ongoing, Government has kicked off another exercise to register all children below 5 years for a National Identification Numbers.

Speaking at the commissioning of a renovated Nabweru Health Centre by the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), the State minister for primary education Hon. Rosemary Seninde said that the national identification numbers will be used by pupils and students as index numbers while registering for national examinations.

“There has been extension of deadlines with the Sim card registration because many people were reluctant to register for their National identity cards. However, with the registration of children below 5 years there will be no extension of the deadline once the period given by the government has elapsed. These identification numbers will be used by government to adequately plan for improved service delivery especially in the education sector. All parents should therefore take full responsibility to ensure that their children below 5 years are given national identification numbers” said Hon. Seninde. She also urged the parents to educate their children to improve the quality of the country citizens who are important in developing the national.

UETCL Board Chairman Mr. Peter Ucanda while handing over essential medical supplies and equipment to Nabweru Health Centre in Nansana division, Wakiso district said that the boost to Nabweru health centre is a corporate social service to promote quality health care in areas affected by the company transmission projects. Nabweru health centre is within the project area of the recently constructed Bujagali-Kawanda 220kV and Kawanda-Mutundwe 132kV transmission lines.

Mr. Ucanda and Board Member Ms Sarah Timarwa handed over sanitary materials, maternity beddings & blankets, a renovation patient wards and solar equipment to the health centre received by the area member of parliament Hon. Seninde. UETCL pledged to extend a helping hand and build another patient ward next calendar year to meet the increasing health of the people of Nabweru and the surrounding environs.

“For the last 16 years, UETCL has always been and will continue to impact positively on the lives of Ugandans in the different communities impacted by the company operations. We are providing community development action programs to communities affected by our new and old transmission lines and substations to supplement government’s effort in service delivery in the country” said Ucanda

The Board Chairman said that on top of supporting health facilities in Uganda, UETCL was also promoting education in higher institutions of learning and restoring the environment in partnership with the National Forestry Authority in various parts of the country. He appealed to the local leaders and the public at large to allow UETCL access their land at a fair compensation to construct transmission lines that will provide reliable, flexible and efficient power supply to all regions of the country.

The commissioning event was attended by the Mayor and deputy Mayor Nansana division, Nabweru sub county local government administration and councilors and staff of UETCL. Ends

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