Minister Mutasingwa commends steels company for employing locals

BUIKWE - The minister in the office of the Vice-President also Buikwe District Woman Member of Parliament, Diana Mutasingwa, has commended Tembo Steels Company for deliberately picking its workforce from its location in Buikwe district.

Mutasingwa said the company has exhibited love for the people among whom it is situated.

She noted that employing them has improved the quality of life in the local communities there.

She noted that 90% of its employees are Ugandans of whom 80% are derived from Buikwe.

This, she said, improves local household incomes and boosts domestic economic growth.

The minister was representing the government at the company’s celebration to mark 20 years of existence.

The function took place at the Factory in Lugazi recently. The Indian High Commissioner to Uganda, Ajay Sanjiv Kumar was the Chief guest.

She also commended Tembo Steels for giving 100 oxygen cylinders during the first COVID-19 outbreak, which were given to Kawolo hospital to alleviate the suffering of the patients there.

The company, she added, has now donated items to the hospital. She said the company has given 100 pairs of bedsheets, 100 clinical beds, 100blankets, 100 mattresses and sanitary pads.

She said she will distribute these items to different health units in Buikwe district.

She promised to convey to Cabinet their challenge of expensive power which they said is hampering their production. They reported that their monthly power bill is sh3.5bn.

The Chairman of Tembo Steels Company Sanjay Awashi said that their company does not import raw materials for steel bars and other steel products which include iron sheets, nails and others. He said they utilise scrap and iron ore from Kabale.

"We remain committed to producing commodities which benefits the community,” Sanj said.

The Indian High Commissioner Kumar, commended the government for making policies that encourage foreign investment in Uganda, which he said would boost the country’s economy.

Former Energy minister Daudi Migereko called for an increase in Uganda’s export to the Indian market. He advised Ugandan investors to form stronger partnerships with their Indian counterparts to realise better economic value.

Source: New Vision

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