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Prime Minister Inaugurates Immigration Training Academy in Nakasongola

By Michael Wangusa, UN Resident Coordinators Office (RCO)

Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda inaugurated Immigration Training Academy in Nakasongola on 10th April. The training centre the first and only one of its kind in the country for the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was constructed by the UN Migration Agency – International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of the Government of Japan.

“The academy was constructed as an integral part of the Strengthening Border Security inUganda Project implemented by IOM with1.8 million USD funded by the Government of
Japan, ‘said Ambassador Kazuaki Kameda.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony earlier this month, the Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, said: “The establishment of the Academy is a timely addition to government efforts to combat transnational crimes, which include terrorism, human trafficking and irregular migration.”

UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Rosa Malango applauded the commissioning of the academy as a dedicated centre for training on immigration and border management as essential components of peace, security and development. “The UN in Uganda commits itself to establishing mechanisms to foster national resilience to cross-border security threats and to support the strengthening of regional partnerships for effective implementation of regional and international instruments that facilitate peacebuilding,’ said Ms. Malango.

The academy seats on 30 acres of land in Nakasongola District. It has modern training facilities and dormitories for men and women, each of which can accommodate 40 trainees. There are also several staff houses.

Prior to inauguration of the academy, immigration officers in Uganda have been receiving their training at facilities for other government institutions such as the military. The academy in Nakasongola will be used primarily for training immigration officers, but will also be used to train other government officials.

“IOM Uganda is making plans to continue supporting this Academy in the near future including by strengthening training curricula and developing world class training modules,“ said Mr. Ali Abdi, Chief of Mission, IOM Uganda.

UN Agencies in Uganda