PAUL Amoru Omiat: Parliamentary chair on ICT & NG highlights his priorities


MP Paul Amoru speaking at a function last year. File photo.

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Dokolo—26, June 2020: The new chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Information Communication and Technology and National Guidance (ICT & National Guidance), Honourable Paul Amoru Omiat has listed a raft of priorities which he intends to implement during his tenure as the Committee Chairperson.

In an exclusive interview with northern Uganda’s leading online publication, TND News following his appointment, Paul Amoru Omiat who is also the Dokolo County North MP, said because ICT is no longer an alternative but a necessity and part of life, it is an enabling tool across all sectors including business, education, health and now in the electoral process and others.

He added that this is the reason fellow Members of Parliament should utilize the opportunity to support further growth and bring about progressive legislation and policies that will encourage more innovations and investment in ICT sector.

According to Amoru, some of the key issues his leadership will look into are; improving services in the telecommunication sector, the internet provision and ensuring that the National Born Back Infrastructure and Broad Band Policy is fully implemented.

Mr Amoru applauded the Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement and the leadership in Parliament under the Government Chief Whip, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa for the mentorship, trust and guidance they accorded to him previously as he was serving as the Vice Chairperson for the committee of which he says he worked very well and embraced team spirit with Hon Annet Naykecho as Chairperson of the Committee.

“Many things were achieved including enacting a law on Privacy and Data protection, among others,” he says.

He said the exposure to serve with Hon. Nyakecho has prepared him to take on this humble task.

“I believe working as a team, working closely with members of the committee, continue to consult the leadership in Parliament with the Speaker, government Chief Whip and other ministries and agencies will help us strengthen and continue to consolidate the progress within this sector,” he added.

Who is Paul Amoru Omiat?

Paul Amoru is a Ugandan politician, media/communications practitioner, public speaker & trailblazer. He is the Member of Parliament for Dokolo North County in the 10th Parliament of Uganda.

Born on 11 October 1983, Amoru is the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Communication Technology & National Guidance and also a member of the Committee on Government Assurances. 

He previously served as a member on the Equal Opportunities and East African Community Affairs committees of Parliament. Amoru is currently the chairperson of the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Media, the Vice Chairperson for Lango Parliamentary Group, the NRM party Whip for Lango Members of Parliament and the NRM chairperson for Dokolo North County.

He also served as Chairperson of the Media and Publicity sub-committee for the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, a global event Uganda hosted in September 2019. 

Education

Amoru holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Communications from Makerere University and a Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication from Uganda Christian University, Mukono. 

Other leadership roles

In 2005 – 2006, Amoru served in different capacities as Guild President of Uganda Christian University and subsequently as President of the Uganda National Students Association (UNSA).

He was the founding President of Uganda Christian University Media Link in 2004 and a founding member of Uganda Christian University HIV /AIDS Initiative in 2006. 

Previous employment

He formerly worked as a Public Relations Officer for Kumi University, a Deputy News Editor for Monitor Publications Limited (MPL)] and a Senior Information and Communication Officer for Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB).

He also formerly served as the chairman board of trustees for UNSA and previously served on the same board as the deputy chairperson for the national students’ body. 

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