According to Omoding, the Shillings 717 million meant for wages was returned because the recruitment process was only concluded in May this year for 50 staff including teaching and non-teaching staff. He says the staff was only paid for May and June and the balance of ten months was returned to the treasury.
At least Shillings 2.7
billion allocated to Soroti University in 2018/2019 financial year was returned
to the national treasury due to the late release and delayed in procurement and
Accounting Officer, Sam Omoding, says of the returned money included Shillings 717
million that was meant for wages, Shillings 427 million for machinery and
equipment and Shillings 677 million for other requirements.
He was responding to the budget performance report of
Soroti University compiled by the Accountant General, which shows that by
June 30th, 2019 when the financial year ended, the university had only spent Shillings
15.2 billion out of the Shillings 18 billion released.
In the 2018/2019 financial year, government allocated Soroti
University Shillings 12.1 billion.
The university also received supplementary
funding to the tune of Shillings 5.8 billion. However, only 84 percent
of the money had been absorbed by the end of the financial year.
to Omoding, the Shillings 717 million meant for
wages was returned because the recruitment process was only concluded in May
this year for 50 staff including teaching and non-teaching staff.
He says the staff
was only paid for May and June and the balance of ten months was returned to
He also cited the late release of the supplementary
funds. Omoding says their request for supplementary funding was approved
early this year, a few months to the end of the financial year.
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The university also planned to construct a water and
sewerage management system at Shillings 1 billion. However, the procurement
process was halted pending administrative review.
Omoding says that by June 24th, 2019 the money was swept back
to the Finance Ministry Single Treasury Account because the procurement process
hadn’t been concluded.
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Soroti University also returned Shillings 1.5 billion in the
2017/2018 financial year, which was provided for recurrent wage and non-wage
expenditure. The university spent Shillings 10. 3 billion out of Shillings
11.9 billion released.
Omoding says that returning funds for planned activities means
that the implementing body could have failed to deliver services. He however,
says it is difficult to spend the money as expected because of late releases
and long procurement processes.
Omoding is however excited that the university has been allowed to admit
its pioneer class and that lectures will begin this August.
The University was
meant to admit its pioneer class in August 2016. However, it failed to do so up
until this year due to incomplete construction works and approval for courses-
Bachelor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Surgery , Bachelor of Nursing Science
and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Computer Engineering
curriculum from the respective bodies -Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners
Council, Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council and Uganda Institution of