Lubega schools director cautions finalists against bribing for govt jobs

Dr Lubega urged finalists to grab the many opportunities ahead of them without thinking about urban centres alone while setting up their businesses.

Dr Lubega Muhamadi, the Director speaking to finalists on Sunday evening (Photo/Isabirye Simon Peter)

IGANGA, UGANDA: The Proprietor and Director of Lubega Institute of Nursing and Medical Sciences Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega Kisambira has advised medical finalists to refrain from paying bribes to get government jobs.

Dr Lubega, who is also the first deputy premier of Busoga Kingdom and chairperson of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) was on Sunday officiating at the farewell dinner for medical finalists which was organized at the institute in Buseyi village Nakalama Sub-county in Iganga district.

The 379 students completed their final exams for certificate courses in nursing, midwifery, laboratory, pharmacy and diploma courses in nursing extension, and clinical medicine, among others.

“Do not be obsessed with the spirit of ‘I must work for the government’, I worked 26 years for the government and I can say with authority, don’t go and pay millions of shillings to get government jobs. Go to your respective villages and small town centres and set up your own clinic, drug shop or laboratory, you that you will get the money,” Dr Lubega told the students.

Dr Lubega urged finalists to grab the many opportunities ahead of them without thinking about urban centres alone while setting up their businesses and also urged them to be ambassadors of the institute wherever they go and advised them to always mind about upgrading in their respective courses.

“I’m proud that we’re delivering you normally and you should remain with good intentions because challenges will continue coming your way. Come back always as alumni, come and upgrade and we shall support you. We send you to be good nurses, Midwives, clinicians and remember you have one life to live and never experiment on it,” he said.

The Deputy Principal of Lubega Institute of Nursing and Medical Sciences, Ms Mugala Marjorine said they managed to produce 29 diploma students in Clinical Medicine and Nursing who are their first lot ever since the institute was approved to handle diploma courses.

The Institute Academic Registrar, Ms Mercy Jackline Kabedde pleaded with government to always support private institutions at an equal rate like the government institutions citing that they are playing a big role in training health workers.

“We want to appreciate the government for fully licensing us to be among the training institutions and we call upon them to always support us with at least an equal rate like the way they support gov’t institutions since we’re playing a big role in training health workers who are vital to the country,” she said before calling for continuous training and workshops in private institutions like in the public sector.

She as well urged finalists to go and serve people without loving money so much but to serve with a heart of service, quoting the nursing title of ‘To love and serve’.

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