Visiting Nyagatare, Kagame urges leaders to transform people’s lives
President Paul Kagame has urged Rwandans to produce with a view to meet market needs and maximize the exploitation of available opportunities in order to transform their lives. He made the calls last Friday while addressing opinion leaders during his and the First Lady’s visit to Nyagatare district of the Eastern Province.
The visit was attended by members of cabinet and parliament, local leaders from Eastern Province and Nyagatare leaders.
The President urged the leaders to concert their efforts so that they can help the people havea decent life. He commended the efforts made so far, saying that there has been good progress over the years with an increasing number of people improving their livelihoods.
“In our political ideology, we wish that everyone gets access to something that can transform his life,” Kagame remarked. “This requires speeding up efforts and being impatient with anything that can hinder the people’s progress.”
Boosting job opportunities is an important aspect in achieving such progress, the President pointed out, referring to the granite factory East African Granite Industries (EAGI) which he officially opened during the visit and a 4-star hotel for which he laid foundation stone.
The factory, worth US$ 15 million, is operated by Building Materials Investments Limited (BMI Ltd) – a joint venture between Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) and Crystal Ventures. It currently has 230 permanent workers and another 1000 are to be employed indirectly. The President pointed out that the factory does not only create jobs but also reduces the reliance on imported raw materials, in this case for construction.
Nyagatare opinion leaders also commended the progress achieved over the years, but pointed out that there are still some challenges to overcome such as lack of water for cattle and a hospital. In reply, Kagame promised his collaboration in finding solutions to these problems.
The President also received a gift of 120 cows from Nyagatare farmers during the visit.