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TECNO Mobile Uganda and partners MTN Uganda and Startimes have today donated computers to five secondary schools in Mukono district.
The donation comes from proceeds of the second edition of Heroes in Color Run, a charity event organized by Tecno. The charity event is organized in collaboration with partners to raise awareness about various problems. The event that took place in September 2019 under the theme “Digitalizing the Future”.
The beneficiary schools that will each get desktops are Namilyango College, Kasawo Secondary school, Kasana Vocational School, Sir Apollo Kaggwa Senior Secondary School, and St. Charles Lwanga Senior Secondary School. The donation is part of TECNO’s efforts to contribute towards the introduction of ICT in schools.
“The world is too digital to leave our youngsters illiterate about digitalization. Almost everything nowadays is digitalized. Let’s educate those around us the benefits of living a digital life and how best to embrace digitalizing the future.” Said Shiva Zhong, Managing Director Tecno Uganda.
Charles Bakabulindi presided over the handover the desktops to the schools.
“Heroes in color” run is Tecno’s way of saying “Together we can”. It’s also a way of saying thank you to all their loyal customers, stakeholders and well-wishers for supporting them to be number one smartphone brand in Uganda.
“Digital illiteracy in Uganda is real and we recognize that fact. This year’s Heroes in Color run was under the theme “Digitalizing the future” and we feel it’s time we paid more attention to this since this is where the world is heading. Our desire is to see that everyone in Uganda is digitalized so as to live a better life,” Zhong said.
“We cannot digitalize Uganda alone, so we are absolutely grateful to hundreds of customers who turned up for this year’s Heroes in Color Run. We thank our partners; MTN and Startimes for believing in our dream and joining us on this journey. We believe this is just the beginning of a bright ICT future all over Uganda.”Zhong said that the company selected a few schools in Mukono as a starting point on a long journey of digitalizing the future and called upon everyone to join this journey of digitalizing the whole Uganda.
“Heroes in Color Run is an important event on our Calendar, because of its essence. It’s a day we meet with our customers for a noble cause. It reaffirms our mission as a technology brand that has been in Uganda for close to 11 years, our passion for technology is evident with what we have produced over the years and most importantly we are here to give our customers best smartphones and be part of the journey of digitalizing Uganda.” Concluded Shiva
MTN Uganda is delighted to be part of this initiative. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility arm; the MTN Foundation, has and continues to be at the forefront of driving ICT literacy in schools across the country.
MTN Uganda has over the years executed several ICT education themed interventions like the support to KCCA funded Primary Schools, Public Libraries, ICT training in Vocational Institutes including St. Simon Peter located in Hoima, Amelo Technical Institute in Adjumani and St. Daniel Comboni in Moroto, among others. The MTN ICT Bus has reached over 45,000 learners in rural schools in various parts of Uganda since 2013. The MTN ICT bus is a fully equipped bus with essentials in ICT learning. It traverses the country, teaching and providing practical ICT experiences to pupils.
“The journey to developing our country is a shared one, and that’s why this partnership with Tecno is quite symbolic of the good that people, corporate companies and institutions of our country can do when we combine efforts,” said Sen Somdev, MTN Uganda acting Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re definitely good together as a team”, he further remarked.
Uganda developed its initial ICT national policy in 2003. The policy framework document recognized that Uganda would need to embrace the goal of “lifelong education for all.” The policy further addresses literacy improvement and human resource capacity-building with strategies that include Integrating ICT into mainstream educational curricula as well as other literacy programmes to provide for equitable access for all students regardless of level, developing and managing ICT centres of excellence to provide basic and advanced ICT training to mention but a few.
While Uganda has had significant economic growth over the last decades, with a concomitant reduction of poverty, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It is, nevertheless, on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education and, according to the 2006 National Report,2 is committed to achieving the MDGs of universal completion of secondary schooling by 2015 and elimination of gender disparity in both primary and post-primary levels.
As Uganda adopts ICT in education, the country faces the same challenges as most developing economies – poorly developed ICT infrastructure, high bandwidth costs, an unreliable supply of electricity, and a general lack of resources to meet a broad spectrum of needs. However, with the rapid emergence of wireless network capacity and the ubiquitous growth of mobile phones, the context of the infrastructure is changing. A national ICT policy is in place and an education sector ICT policy is before Cabinet. The Ministry of Education and Sports is taking steps to co-ordinate ICT development and has allocated resources to support implementation of its ICT strategy.
In addition to all these strategies by government in conjunction of Ministry of education and sports, brands like TECNO and its partners; MTN and Startimes are helping to facilitate in the reduction of ICT illiteracy levels within Uganda by organizing such charity events like Heroes in Color Run.
StarTimes PR Manager Cleopatra Koheirwe said, “At StarTimes, we love to support great initiatives such as TECNO’s Heroes in Color Run. A cause that has to do with giving back to society and helping develop the youths matters a lot to us. This is why we were glad to be actively involved in supporting TECNO to “digitalize the future.” A lot has been said about ICT and how everything has gone digital these days which cannot be ignored. We have to keep up with the times. So it is of great importance that students learn computer skills and are technologically equipped in order to sustain themselves in this digital era. We congratulate the schools receiving computers and we hope that our contribution will go a long way in shaping their future.”
This is what Umeme is doing, to keep Uganda, especially our healthcare and manufacturing facilities switched on and running
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By Selestino Babungi
As guided by the President, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, while the healthcare workers fight the disease, care must be taken to keep the economy running, without compromising public health.
Umeme, accounts for over 97% of all electricity supply in the country and we therefore understand and appreciate that we must stay at work to keep the country switched on and running. I appreciate the efforts of our 1,625 staff and contractors who have remained committed to keeping the lights on. We also appreciate the support received from the security Joint Task Force, which has continued to support us during these tough times.
But Uganda can only keep the economy running, if we are all healthy and alive, which is why I urge all of us to join hands to fight the Coronavirus by adhering to all government directives and guidelines especially staying home and practicing the various safety measures that government has so articulately communicated.
Adjusting our processes to keep Uganda switched on
At Umeme- the safety of our customers, our staff, and the public has always been a priority. In light of the directives issued by the government, Umeme has had to inevitably make adjustments in our standard operating procedures to protect our staff and subsequently the public, but also ensure we reliably keep on the lights.
First of all, to reduce the level of human interaction, we have had to scale down on the number of staff coming to work physically. This has seen us reduce the number of staff per shift. To fit within the 12-hour night curfew, we have also had to create longer shifts of 12 hours in our contact centre and work management centre. We have further relocated staff required to be at work to service centers nearest to their places of residence.
The staff rationalisations however do not affect the technical teams. We have maintained the usual technical teams who attend to faults in Kampala, Entebbe & Mukono areas. Our entire upcountry faults teams are also fully operational. The specialised teams that attend to big breakdowns and vital installations such as factories, healthcare facilities, security installations, and other vital facilities are on standby.
The decongestion on our roads has also allowed us to respond to emergencies and technical faults faster and timelier. This is why for example even with the reduced workforce, our service levels remain high.
Umeme keeping health and manufacturing facilities running
Most referral health facilities, except Mulago National Referral Hospital, do not have dedicated power lines. They share these power lines with other users in the community in which these facilities are located. To ensure maximum efficiency during this delicate period, Umeme carried out preventive inspections and maintenance on these lines and the supporting substations to enhance their performance. We have also made sure that any emerging faults on these lines are prioritised ahead of other faults for faster restoration of supply.
Also the pre-paid meters to health facilities were replenished with credit to ensure continuity of supply without disconnection.
The continued investment in the distribution grid has significantly contributed to its stability and reliability. For this year, the plan is to invest a further US$ 80 million in substations, line works, and expansion of distribution zones. We also aim to convert the remaining 150,000 postpaid customers to pre-paid metering.
Protecting Umeme Staff and their families
For the safety of our staff, Umeme complies with the Ministry of Health Guidelines on CoVID-19 and has provided the required personal protective equipment like working goggles, hand sanitizers, vehicle sanitizers, and gloves, etc. Our field technical teams are under strict instructions to adhere to Ministry of Health guidelines while attending to network operations and technical customer service requests.
We urge the public to boost the efficacy of these initiatives by equally practicing the ministry of health guidelines, especially maintaining the recommended 4 meters social distance while dealing with our staff.
The investments in technology have enabled us to continue serving our customers through the use of digital channels at our contact centre, payments through digital channels, remote network management through the use of SCADA and remote working of our staff. Our operations would have been significantly derailed during the lockdown period if we had not embraced technology over the years.
Let us stay safe, stay home, and save lives.
Selestino Babungi, is the Managing Director, Umeme Ltd.
Chairman of the United Bank for Africa Tony Elumelu says Covid-19 Presents Opportunity to Reset Africa
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The Chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Tony Elumelu, has stated that the Coronavirus Pandemic currently ravaging the world presents an opportunity to reset the African continent so that Africans can be empowered to become more productive and self reliant. He said this today at the high-level Roundtable discussions made up of African leaders including Dr. Ngozi Okonjo – Iweala, the Special Envoy of the African Union on Covid-19 and Tidjane Thiam who is also a Covid-19 Special Envoy responsible for mobilising international economic support for Africa.
During the session titled ‘Resilient World: An African call for a new world order’, Elumelu stated “I see this pandemic as an opportunity to reset Africa.’ Whilst pointing out that Africa as a continent has all it takes to emerge into a strong digital economy, the UBA Group Chairman advocated a martial plan that will galvanise the entire continent and make Africa less dependent on the ‘circularity of debt’ from developed nations, which according to him, has been a major setback for decades.
He said, “I feel that as we engage the rest of the world in providing relief, we need to look for a more fundamental solution to Africa’s challenges. I have often argued for a martial plan overtime. We need to mobilise everyone. If we have a martial plan that mobilises resources to address particular issues, then we can mitigate against this constant begging for assistance.”
Explaining further, Elumelu pointedly said, “The truth is that we have resources to help mobilise people. As the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, we committed to endow $100m to support young African entrepreneurs and we have been seeing the positive results this has yielded so far. It is evident that if we can fix access to electricity, ensure stability of the macro-economic environment, ensure prioritisation of the youth, empower our small and medium scale enterprises and fix youth migration, then we are in for a better and more resilient economy’. “There is the urgent need to prioritise our youths and empower our SMEs. The people who work hard need to be encouraged,” Elumelu noted passionately.
Tidjane Thiam who supported what Elumelu had proposed, said that rather than depend on international assistance at every point, there is the need for governments and institutions to invest in activities that will prioritise the youths and create a better enabling environment.
“I totally agree with Tony Elumelu. The major challenge is that we do not see enough entrepreneurs. Similar to what obtains in Asia and Europe, there is the need to promote a class of Entrepreneurs to drive the African economy. we need to groom more Tony Elumelus’ from Africa’ he said. Tidjane continued, ‘We know what needs to be done. We need government and multinational institutions to bring in capital so that there will be investment in health, infrastructure and the like. We do need to get rid of this debt cycle because constant rescheduling and begging for relief for debts is not good for us as a continent,” Thiam said.
Okonjo-Iweala, on her part, called for a system where youths and women will be empowered to create and produce more to boost the African economy.
Whilst calling on private and government parastatals to engage in meaningful partnerships that will help to galvanise job creation and entrepreneurship among youths in Africa, she said, “As Tony pointed out, we can see this pandemic as an opportunity for the continent. We have the African Free Trade Agreement, and we have to make it real.
“We have to specialise our countries to manufacture the things we need so we can trade with others. We need to produce good jobs for our young people. We need to empower our women and youths and put them at the centre. It is said that Africa would have the largest number of youths in the world by 2050, so we need to fix this,” she noted.
The round-table which was organised by the New York Forum Institute, also had in attendance African Heads of States including President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger; President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya; President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire; President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Julius Bio of Sierra Leone;
How do you recover economically from COVID 19 lockdown?
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By Charles N. Lambert
So far it has been estimated that the world has lost over $ 9 trillion dollars already since the global lockdown from the threat of Corona Virus began. In the US, over 6 million people have asked the government to begin paying their bills by filling unemployment. In the UK, request for government benefits have soared to record highs. US government is practically giving away $2.2 Trillion dollars to help their citizens and the economy. The UK government is paying 80% of wages for a significant number of people and countless more envious information reaching the African shores as palliatives for these Westerners. So What about Africans?
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Aid and welfare are some of the worst things in the world yet most people especially in Africa do not know that. The West provides Aid to Africa and investments in their nations. America as a nation is built on anti-welfare mentality and philosophy and they are the richest country in the world. One of their greatest leaders Abraham Lincoln took a very negative position to welfare saying that “You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves”. Black American Thomas Sowell had this to say about welfare “The welfare State has always been judged by its good intentions rather than its POOR RESULTS”. The summary is that welfare does not work; it is not sustainable and does not lead to progressive development of the person. So how will African middle class recover from the Covid 19 Pandemic economically?
The Covid 19 economic hardship came from disruption in only ONE of the factors of production-labour. The virus does not attack money! This means Capital as a factor of production is immune to Covid 19 pandemic and can continue to work with technology to bring financial returns even in the worst of the epidemic. This is the only reason why the stocks and shares of Amazon( online retail company) is soaring through the roof as Westerners are busy investing their capital RIGHT NOW in the technology centered corporations which has little or no need for human gathering to produce. The value of the online business meeting company Zoom just added a further $2 billion dollars in this same period, the owner of Twitter gladly gave away $1 billion dollars to fight Covid 19 knowing his time to profit immensely is here and while Facebook is now totally jammed with traffic. The internet and those who invested in it have won!
The Black Wall Street has created a pragmatic economic relief path for Africa’s middle class through a derivative of UPAP known as “Covid 19 UPAP”. This highly compassionate investment program is designed to help the middle class avoid the coming devastating economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic lockdowns. Instead of paying $500 for the UPAP slot, you pay $50 and use your returns to pay off the cost of the UPAP, receive the computer tablet shipped to your door and continue to enjoy the $100 per month for another 9 months and at which point, you should have recovered from the Covid 19 economic downturn. (This UPAP derivative also offers no cash out value and limited to 10,000 slots).
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Use Covid-19 Lockdown to Read the 10 Point Program- by Charles N. Lambert
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If you want to hide something from a black man, put it in writing” is a common widely accepted Western theory that unfortunately holds water among most of our population. “I want you to explain it to me” are the common words we hear from 90% of our black African investors in almost every interaction after any written communication. We buy drugs and don’t read the content, we eat food and have no idea its nutrient implications and we take actions totally ignorant of the law or its consequences. We seem to be the actual literal definition of the word- Dumb!
Something bigger than oil is showing up in Uganda yet very few in Uganda are aware or paying any attention to it simply because it has NOT yet been announced by the government. The government that tirelessly works to hear from the private sector painfully discovers year after year that the private sector is rather waiting to hear from the government. Uganda is a story of a people who have never understood the ideals of their government. If only they read the 10 point program, If only they understood the unshakeable ideals of President Museveni, if only they truly followed and knew the final result of Pan Africanism the country has held as an ideal for decades.
A young radical, highly intellectual and very opinionated leader of men have just taken over a small East African country of little or no relevance to the entire African population so why did most of his 10 Point Program talk about Africa instead of just Uganda. Who becomes so passionately engrossed in educating ideals and values to illiterate, blood thirsty and rival focused inhabitants of a black nation synonymous with nothing else but wars and killings? Why did the natural diplomat pursue the principles of privatization to the point of arming his enemies with attack tools? Why it is so difficult to factually accuse Museveni of embezzlement of resources yet Ugandans are so poor? What is not adding up? The Answers are in the 10 point Program.
The 10 Point Program indicates in every sense that Uganda under the leadership of the ideals of M7 will be the home of the African, the black man, the dark skinned oppressed people of the world- the HOME OF RESISTANCE. This he has tried to do through government programs which mostly brought the refuges. The other types of black people are now about to come too, those which are NOT refugees. The 10 Point program stipulates that the government play very little or no role in economic development and service provision to the people giving over 90% powers to the private sector. The black owned corporations that will enjoy this policy are now about to come to Uganda.
The Black Wall Street is a movement that began in Uganda in November 2017 dubbed “The Second Mustard Seed” as at then, through the sales of the world’s very first investment by product purchase initiative also known as Tablets and Dollars or the Uganda Poverty Alleviation Program (UPAP). This little known UPAP will after documented Series by CNBC and Economist PROVING access to dividends from computer tablet purchase will become available to all Black people all over the world at a devalued rate of $100 per slot PER YEAR. This will lead to sales of 40 million mobile phones made in Uganda and an immediate $8 billion dollars into the Uganda economy with $600 million dollars distributed for cash out to 7,000 Ugandan families with UPAP slots in what is anticipated as the “Cash Out” by thousands of Ugandans.
The Black Wall Street which is the engine of AI powered industrialization of the African continent will make Uganda the destination for Capital and AI Consulting services to all of Africa leading to the status of the Economic Capital of Africa. The Black Wall Street will bring thousands of multimillion dollars and billionaire black personalities to invest in Uganda. On a side note, the Black Wall Street Community will have “The World’s Longest Bar” in the world right in Uganda as one of the greatest tourist spots on earth (cheers to tugende tunywemu).
In more than 10 different ways, the 10 point program prophesied, prepared and secured Uganda FOR the Black Wall Street. The Black Wall Street will crown the liberation war, justify it, empower Ugandans economically, honour M7 and foster his legacy forever. The Black Wall Street will be the PRIDE OF UGANDA.
The Black Wall Street Community is to be built at the lake shores in Uganda SIGNIFICANTLY comprising of 11 of the tallest buildings in Africa.
The Black Wall Street has divided Africa into 600 Regional Points with each represented on ground by the Artificial Intelligence Powered Development Centers otherwise known as M7 Agriculture Bank. These Development Centers will stamp the leadership authority of the Black Wall Street in Africa. Link to the full 10 Point Program Document http://www.austria-uganda.at/dokumente/Ten-Point%20Programme.pdf
The Black Wall Street signature AI powered 4th Industrial Revolution for Africa will establish 1,000 factories and supporting living communities per factory in Uganda across all districts beginning August 2020.
Charles N. Lambert was born in Nigeria, became a British Citizen in the UK, lived a decade in the US, married to a Kenyan BUT made Uganda his home country in November 2017. Charles N. Lambert visited a city in the United States of America known as Tulsa Oklahoma in December 2002 for a different reason BUT strayed to the region known as North Tulsa, (a current ghetto) where he learnt the history of the violent destruction of the very first Black Wall Street by envious whites. Lambert designed Development Channel 25 companies and UPAP as a foundation to recreate the Black Wall Street but this time, on a SECURED BLACK NATION-Uganda. BWS has been strategically positioned to relocate over 100,000 African Americans from the US to Uganda with 3 million more visiting each year.
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