Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, says part of the money from the donations would be used to replace utilities in the main building gutted by fire like computers and renovation of dilapidated structures like halls of residence.
University management will divert the would-be donations for the restoration of the iconic ivory tower to
renovations ahead of centennial celebrations. Established in 1922, Makerere University will celebrate
100 years of existence in 2022 as the oldest institution of higher learning in Uganda.
In October last year, Makerere University launched platforms to enable willing individuals and organizations to offer monetary contributions for the
restoration of the iconic main building. The structure commonly referred to as
Ivory Tower was gutted by
fire in September.
Following the inferno, students, alumni and well-wishers called for
the expeditious restoration
of the building ahead of the centenary celebrations. However last week, the cabinet resolved to demolish the structure and allocated Shillings 21 billion for the reconstruction
of the building.
Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor Makerere University, says part of the money from the donations
would be used to
replace utilities in the main building gutted by fire like computers and renovation of
dilapidated structures like halls of residence.
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that other than
renovations, there is
need for more money towards equipping the reconstructed main building, which they intend to raise from donations. Nawangwe notes that apart from the Shillings 3.7 billion donated by Master Card Foundation to help them recover
from the losses resulting from the fire, well-wishers donated more than Shillings 10M.
the launch of the campaign, the university sought to reach an estimated 300,000 alumni spread across the
world, current students, parents and former parents, friends of Makerere,
organizations and other people attached to the university.
The university obtained a merchant code (542803) and also opened two accounts in
Stanbic Bank; 9030017778608 for contributions in US Dollars and 9030017778535
for contributions in Uganda Shillings for streamlined accountability.
Nawangwe explains that most of the money that
was promised by well-wishers last year remains in pledges as those willing to support await a fundraiser
campaign as was the initial plan. The university is in preparations to hold the
campaign in early October this year to reach its target of 300,000 people.
meantime, Nawangwe, who is relieved that the government is footing costs for reconstruction, says that the university will start the reconstruction process by sourcing a contractor hopefully within two months as
they wait for the Finance Ministry to avail the Shillings 21 billion.
The construction of the main building, which began in 1938, was financed by several sources including regional governments,
the Uganda protectorate government and several individuals.