There was a disagreement between Makerere University School of Forestry and the Estates Department over the construction of a perimeter wall, URN has learnt. The disagreement stemmed from the cost of constructing the perimeter wall.
According to information obtained by URN, the School of Forestry proposed to construct the perimeter wall citing thefts and vandalism of the school property among others. The School of Forestry earmarked Shillings 42 million for the works.
“The college had earmarked funds to support the school to finish the construction of the students' hostel at Nyabyeya Forest College but the University had taken over the bill. So it was agreed that the money be re channeled to support the construction of the fence. The College management Committee granted Shillings 42 million,” said Professor Bernard Bashaasha the Principal College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in his September 20th letter to Ritah Namisango, the Senior Public Relations Officer, Makerere University.
However, the costs doubled when the matter was communicated to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration and the University Estates and Works departments. The Estates and Works departments presented a quotation from Tarvan Engineering Services which had a total of Shillings 92,060,000 and another from EMCO Works with Shillings 83,430,000. On realizing the inflated cost, the College secured a quotation from another worth Shillings 43,360, 200.
As a result, College dropped the prequalified bidders and opted for the lowest bid. Ritah Namisango, the Senior Public Relations Officer Makerere University, confirmed the disagreement but hailed the College for saving the university from the exorbitant cost.
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Prof. Mnason Tweheyo, the Dean School of Forestry, Environment and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS) confirmed the disagreements but said it was necessary to construct the fence to avoid further problems.