Muhwezi who is also head of Secretariat Technical Vocational Education and Training Policy Working Group revealed that in the first phase the renovation works will be executed by Vambeco Enterprises Uganda at 9.4 billion shillings.
The first phase of renovation works at Bukalasa Agricultural
College to turn it into a Center of Excellence has been launched.
The launch was on Thursday presided over by Loy K. Abaine Muhwezi the Assistant
Commissioner Technical Education on behalf of Alex Kakooza the Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Education and Sports which is undertaking the works.
Muhwezi who is also head of Secretariat Technical Vocational Education and
Training Policy Working Group revealed that in the first phase the renovation
works will be executed by Vambeco Enterprises Uganda at 9.4 billion shillings.
Muhwezi revealed that some buildings at the 100-year-old College will be
demolished and replaced with new structures.
She explains that the College will receive a new state of the Art Library, a
Layer Barn, a Broiler Barn, a Pullet Barn, a Piggery Unit, a Zero Grazing
Structure and a feed mill.
She added that a Milk Processing House will be constructed and toilets renovated
among other works.
Muhwezi noted that the major works are sponsored by World Bank under Uganda
Skills Development Project to transform the College into Center Excellence and
provide new competency-based education training.
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The Principal of Bukalasa Agricultural College Gelvan Kisolo Lule said the
project is not only about renovation works but the staff has already benefitted
in skilling from Canada and India courtesy of a grant from World Bank.
The first phase will be executed in nine months.
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However Herbert Kiguli the Commissioner for Human Resource Development who
represented Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of
Agriculture Animal Husbandry and Fisheries cautioned the employees of Vambeco
Enterprises Uganda against engaging in any sexual relations with students or
residents, which affect the project.
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Haile Banteyehun the Managing Director of Vambeco Enterprises Uganda pledged to
execute the works professionally and deliver it within the agreed time.
The college will also be equipped with state of the art equipment and the total
cost of the entire project will be 18.3 billion shillings.
Bukalasa Agricultural College was founded in 1920 as a Cotton Breeding
Centre and since then, partly via mergers with other institutes, developed into
the current institute that provides agricultural education.
There are currently over 2,000 students pursuing certificate and diploma
courses in Agriculture.
The Ministry of Education and Sports under the same project will also conduct
renovation works at Kaberamaido Technical Institute, Rwentanga Farm Institute
and Ssese Farm Institute which are affiliated to Bukalasa Agricultural College.
Kaberamaido Technical Institute will receive a spray race, feed mill, milk
processing house and a milking parlour at shillings 4.9 billion whereas
Rwentanga Farm Institute-Mbarara will acquire a Library at shillings 3.2 billion.
Ssese Farm Institute in Kalangala will also get a Zero Grazing Unit, Milking
House and Milk Processing Unit at about shillings 4.9 billion. All these will
be completed within 6 months.