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Lira University Seeks UGX 7.9BN for Teaching Hospital, Administration Block

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Prof. Jasper Ogwal noted with concern the reduction of their budget from Shillings 17.5 billion this financial year to Shillings 16.9 billion in the next financial year.
18 Apr 2019 07:45
Officials from Lira University appearing before parliament's education committee.

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Lira University of Science and Technology is hunting for Shillings 7.9 billion to fully operationalize its new teaching hospital and complete the administration block.  

A team of Lira University officials led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Jasper Ogwal disclosed this while appearing before the Education Committee of parliament chaired by the Pallisa County MP, Jacob Opolot on Wednesday.

Prof. Jasper Ogwal noted with concern the reduction of their budget from Shillings 17.5 billion this financial year to Shillings 16.9 billion in the next financial year.   

Tom Richard Atim, the Senior Planner of Lira University, said government has only allocated them Shillings 2.5 billion under their development budget leaving a deficit of Shillings 6.7 billion, which is required to complete the first phase of their administration block and another Shillings 900 million for operationalizing the teaching hospital. 

 

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Last year, Lira University of Science and technology received a teaching hospital worth Shillings 7.4 billion built with funding from the African Development Bank.  

The teaching hospital is equipped with the state of the art laboratory equipment. It is expected to train medical students from various public universities and offer specialized medical services to the public. 

The teaching hospital was licensed by Ministry of Health is under the directorate of Health Sciences at the University with close supervision from the Health and Education Ministries. 

Lira Woman MP, Joy Atim Ongom emphasized the need for the Education Committee to convince parliament to increase the development budget of the university so that it takes shape. 

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During the same meeting, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Vice Chancellor of Busitema University also requested for Shillings 4.3 billion for staff recruitment in the 2019/2020 financial year.

She explained that the university is only operating with only 22.6% academic staff, 19% Administrative staff and 16 percent for overall staff. 

Prof. Okwakol noted that the staff percentages are way below the required 50% staffing level. 

The budget for Busitema University has increased by Shillings 426 million from the current Shillings 36.7 billion to 37.1 billion in the 2019/2020 financial year.    

Prof. Okwakol says the increase is very minimal to carter for staff recruitment. 

‘’The University has continued to lobby for additional funding for recruitment and promotions. Despite the issue being presented as unfunded priority in the Budget Frame Work Paper for financial year 2019/2020, no funds have been allocated for the purpose,’’ said Okwakol. 

She reported that they have communicated the matter to the Finance Committee and also made several follow ups in vain.  

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