Hon. David Bahati handing over UNCST instruments to Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye the Minister for STI in Kampala
UNCST MOVES TO MINISTRY FOR STI
July 12, 2016:KAMPALA- The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) has officially moved to the Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation from the parent finance ministry. Hon. David Bahati the State Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development who has hitherto been the line minister responsible for the UNCST, passed on the instruments of power to Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye the Minister for Science, Technology, and Innovation in the Ministry in Kampala today.
Hon. Bahati congratulated the Dr. Elioda upon his re-election and the subsequent appointment as the first Minister for Science, Technology, and Innovation. Referring to UNCST as a core body, onto which to lay a firm foundation, Bahati requested the Minister to expeditious have the UNCST Act revised to avoid clashing mandates.
The former minister then moved to introduce the UNCST Board to his counterpart, before handing over instruments of power.
Dr. Elioda showed conspicuous elation at the warm reception and pledged to maneuver the STI sector to greatness pointing out biotechnology, nanotechnology, et cetera, as crucial STI fields to focus on given their potential to spur industrialization. He pledged to build on the achievements of his predecessor, for example, the construction of the science parks, a project already in prospect and expanding on the innovation fund.
The UNCST will host the Ministry for STI, at the Science and Technology House in Ntinda.