THE current debate on oil is diversionary, President Yoweri Museveni has said. Addressing Hoima district residents at Canon Njangali Girls High School in Hoima town yesterday, Museveni said the ongoing debate on the oil discovered in Bunyoro sub-region was diverting people from developmenÂ¬tal issues.
â€œThis oil was discovÂ¬ered just the other day. Supposing we had not discovered it, what would you be talking about?â€ Museveni asked.
He made the remarks while addressing residents of Hoima district at Canon Njangali Girls High School in Hoima town yesterday.
The President also comÂ¬missioned a childrenâ€™s ward at Azur health centre IV and a science laboratoÂ¬ry at Canon Njangali Girls High School in Duhaga, Hoima town.
The two projects were established by Bunyoro Kitara diocese.
Museveni told the resiÂ¬dents that the agriculture, which they had practiced for several years, was a better investment than oil.
Yesterday, MPs petiÂ¬tioned the Speaker of Parliament to summon the House from recess to discuss oil agreements signed between the GovÂ¬ernment and oil exploraÂ¬tion companies.
Museveni explained that to transform this country, his government had focused on reviving agriculture and promoting industrialisation.
He commended the dioÂ¬cese for initiating projects aimed at promoting girls education and improving health. He, however, said the major challenge facing the country was poverty.
Museveni said the GovÂ¬ernmentâ€™s main priority was improving household income and creating wealth. â€œYour bodies are a temple of God, but are they when you are hungry and you are dressed in rugs? he asked.
The President, who also toured St. Peterâ€™s Cathedral in Duhaga, contributed sh300m to the renovation of the church.
President dismisses oil talk