MINISTER OF YOUTH BRIEFS ULK STUDENTS
On 29th March 2018, the whole community of Kigali Independent University ULK, Kigali Campus, was on top of the world owing to the visit of the Rwanda’s minister of youth, Hon. MBABAZI Rosemary.
It was an event that was also graced by, among other participants, the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA Balinda who was with the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel.
Upon the arrival of the minister and the delegation she was heading, ULK Vice Chancellor, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel took the floor to welcome the guests and recognize everyone in the room. In his welcome remarks, he expressed his appreciation vis-à-vis the minister’s visit and requested the entire ULK community especially the students, to be all ears and keep by heart the minister’s message.
As the minister having in her remits the young, she briefed the youthful ULK community on the theme dubbed, “The Youth at the Center of Transformation”.
While addressing the mammoth crowd that had come to attend the event, the minister reiterated that young people are the individuals without whom transformation towards greater strides is impossible.
“In our country, young people occupy a higher percentage of the total population. This therefore means that their role in the transformation of the nation is critical and they are unquestionably the pillars of development since they are young, speedy and strong. That’s why we can’t talk about transformation while leaving aside the youth”, she told the participants.
Another important point worth mentioning is that the minister’s talk centered, among other elements, on socio-economic transformation among young people. Talking about economic transformation, she urged young people to roll up sleeves and create businesses that will uplift them economically instead of sitting with their arms folded.
“Starting a business doesn’t require one to have billions. It’s a matter of having a positive mind and the willingness to start. We have numerous examples of young people out there who started small and eventually grew big in business and they are currently among the leaders of successful projects countrywide”, she told them.
To better convey her message, the minister had come with Mr. UWIMANA Francis, commonly known as Fireman in the Rwandan music industry. In his testimony, UWIMANA said that he was addicted to drugs but ever since he stopped using them, he has been leading successful and visionary lives. He also requested the students to be focused and avoid any immoral activities that might endanger their lives.
The event climaxed in the closing remarks by the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA Balinda who lauded the minister for her precious time given to ULK community on an important discussion. He also requested young people to heed the minister’s call for job creation and start jobs instead of relying on other people to employ them.
“In my course, I always equip students with entrepreneurial skills so that they may be in a position to create their own jobs upon reaching the market place or while still at school. Therefore, I want to urge all of you gathered here today, not to take the minister’s message for granted but instead, you have to live ethical values and believe that things are possible. With that you will be successful job creators”, he tipped the students.
It should be noted that the participants were given the floor to ask questions and make comments which the minister satisfactorily reacted to.