The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) will lead the training of engineers to fast-track the construction of the standard gauge railway.
This was announced Monday by the National Enterprise Corporation managing director, Maj Gen James Mugira, at the ministry of defence headquarters in Mbuya, a Kampala suburb.
“We shall extend specialised training to all our officers in the UPDF Engineering Brigade including the wananchi (civilians) towards the realisation of this big project,” he said.
NEC is a State corporation that was established in 1989 as a commercial arm of the army.
Gen Mugira was speaking at the welcome ceremony of ten UPDF/NEC officers who attained specialised training in railway construction from China’s Shijiazhuang Tiedao University.
The group will train other officers in the engineering brigade and staff at the ministry of works and transport on the construction of the modern railway facility.
The ten underwent a three-month training, which was sponsored by the China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), the contractor for the construction of the standard gauge railway.
Speaking at the same function, Prof Wang Yuesen the chancellor of Shijiazhuang Tiedao University promised to provide more study opportunities for Ugandan engineers.
Meanwhile, representing CHEC, Mr Wang An said the engineers would ably complement the company’s undertakings during the construction phase.
“We knew that the three months of specialised training at Shijiazhwang Tiedao University would not be easy but these 10 engineers have proved that they have all it takes,” Mr Wang An said.