In a bid for technological advancements in Uganda, President Museveni on Monday 08 April 2019 inaugurated the National Task Force that will guide the country on its journey into the fourth industrial revolution.
Among the members appointed on the National Task Force by President Museveni is the famous Kyambogo University ICT boss, Dr John Okuonzi.
Dr Okuonzi is the Founder and the brains behind the e-kampus; a University Student Management Information Systems which is being phased out to AMIS in Kyambogo.
e-kampus is the first system that Kyambogo University started with way back in 2012 where students could apply online, and pay their dues through this system by using a Reference Number(s), and lecturers could manage student results on the same portal.
Later, in 2018 e-kampus was succeeded by the current popular Academic Information Management System (AIMS) which has been adopted by all public Universities through Ministry of Education and Sports, and some of the private institutions to manage students’ records online.
The successor ”AMIS” is now a comprehensive system with advanced features like online applications, fees payment, results management, programmes manager to mention but a few.
Dr John Okuonzi has actively been part of the masterminds of ICT advancements in Kyambogo University and his efforts have really changed the way the Universities can now conduct their day to day work operations.
Under the Office of the Prime Minister and the ICT Ministry, the National Task Force will be chaired by Eng. John Nasasira and the committee is made up of 24 high profile persons listed below;
- Eng. John Nasasira – Chairman
- Vincent Bagiire PS, Ministry of ICT and National Guidance
- David Obong (PS, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation)
- Prof. Tony Oyana (Makerere University)
- Prof. Mary Okwakol (UNEB)
- Dr John Okuonzi (Kyambogo University)
- Dr Twinemanzi Tumubweine (Bank of Uganda)
- Dr Paula Hidalgo-Sachis (UN Pulse Lab Kampala)
- Dr Fredrick Kitoogo (NITA -U)
- Rashmi Pillal (Finance Sector Deepening Uganda)
- Eng. Kwame Rugunda (Blockchain Association of Uganda)
- Eng. Irene Kaggwa (UCC)
- Vivian Ddambya (NITA-U)
- Grace Baguma (NCDC)
- Patrick Muinda (Ministry of Education and Sports)
- Julius Torach (Ministry of ICT and National Guidance)
- Eng. Jackie Ochola (Andela Uganda)
- Eng. Noah Baalessanvu (National Information Security Advisory Group)
- Robert Kirunda (Kirunda and Wasige & Co. Advocates)
- Doreen Agaba (Satellite Technology)
- Michael Niyitegeka (ICDL Arica)
- Angela Ssemwegorere (Coding in Heels)
- Abbas Mpindi (Media Challenge Initiative)
His appointment as a committee member of the Nationa Task Force in advising the country on the industrial revolution is expected to yield more good results most especially in the academic sector and others.
President Museveni noted that as Africans we must avoid blind consumption of technology, which could cause haemorrhage, saying that non-productive users of mobile phones help telecoms collect money which they then ship out of the country, affecting our economy.
“Even as we talk about this revolution and advancement in technology, we must not forget that man’s basic needs remain food, shelter, clothes, and now education, locomotion and security. Technology, therefore, must be about serving these human needs,” The president said.
“it is good this task force has been formed. It is a new capacity for the human race, whose evolution dates to 1.5 million years ago when man invented fire. Since then, several innovations have happened to change man’s lifestyle, and we are now at this fourth Industrial Revolution”, Museveni elucidated.
He called up the appointed team to think in a holistic manner, not uni-dimensional.
“I have been watching some speakers suggest that Africa should not engage in manufacturing, instead focusing only on food production. We should avoid such landmines. Africa must manufacture and focus on areas of its comparative,” Museveni added.
It should also be recalled that President Museveni through the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance established an Innovation Centre which will majorly handle innovations in ICT.
He seems to be putting many efforts on industrialisation to enhance the country’s production.
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