Prioritise economic empowerment to the population- Todwong tells prisons officers

Wednesday 24th April 2024

The NRM Secretary General, Rt. Hon. Richard Todwong has encouraged leaders to always prioritise empowering their communities for economic prosperity. 

While delivering a lecture on ‘Government agenda for a modern strong economy’ to senior officers of Uganda Prisons Services who were undergoing a refresher course on strategic leadership, Todwong underscored the importance of passing on acquired skills to uplift ordinary citizens and drive productivity.

“Our role as leaders today is to pass on the skills we attain to the ordinary people around us to encourage productivity," Todwong said.  

He highlighted the significant strides made by the NRM government in restoring peace and security, which have been instrumental in facilitating economic recovery and progress. He noted that peace is a prerequisite for development, reminding the officers about the challenges the country faced before the NRM's intervention, including political instability, widespread poverty, disease prevalence, and low life expectancy.

"The NRM government inherited a nation in turmoil, marred by conflict and division. Through concerted efforts, we steered the country towards political stability, social cohesion, and economic prosperity," Todwong remarked.

Emphasizing the need for concerted efforts towards socio-economic empowerment, Todwong urged government officials and leaders to channel their focus and resources into initiatives aimed at enhancing productivity, fostering job creation, and stimulating economic growth.

What is left according to the NRM Secretariat head, is putting focus and efforts of the government and all leaders on social economic empowerment of the population to boost production, and create jobs to steer economic growth and development.

Todwong reiterated the NRM's commitment to the core principles of patriotism, democracy, pan-Africanism, and socio-economic transformation, emphasizing the importance of fostering national unity in the face of adversity.

"In times of crisis, there is no room for division based on tribe or religion. We must stand together to safeguard our nation," Todwong urged the officers. 

“There is no tribe or religion when the nation is burning. Please guard your country well,” Todwong said.