Uganda Technical College-UTC Lira has received 20 Billion
Shillings under the Uganda Skill Development Project.
The disbursement brings to four, the number of Uganda Technical Colleges that
have received funding from the Ministry of Education and Sports with support
from the World Bank.
Under the project, dubbed “Uganda Skills Development Project”
(USDP), each Technical College will specialize in one field of engineering;
however, UTC-Lira selected Highway construction according to the College
Moses Obong, the Deputy Principal UTC-Lira, says the funds will be used to
construct two-storied classroom blocks, workshops, purchase heavy road
equipment, a bus and pickup vehicles among others.
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Lillian Adongo a student at UTC-Lira undertaking road engineering
says that the funds if put to good use, will benefit the community with quality
Junior Engola, another student welcomed the development with
excitement urging for proper utilization of the funds to benefit the engineering
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Recently, under the Islamic Bank-funded project, UTC-Lira received
9.8 Billion Shillings which was used to build a resource center, workshops,
laboratories, and underground water tank among others.
In July, three European companies were contracted to
supply and install workshop equipment in the 12 technical and vocational education
institutions across the country under the Uganda Skills Development Programme.
The contracts are jointly worth 29.5 Billion Shillings.
The contracted companies are; De Lorenzo (Italy), Eagle Scientific (United
Kingdom), and Venefir SRL (Italy). The trio, each working separately, is
expected to install modern technical education workshop equipment for both
instruction and practice at three national vocational and technical centres of
excellence and their respective vocational training affiliates.
The benefiting institutions include Uganda
Technical College-Bushenyi, Uganda Technical College-Lira and Uganda Technical
College-Elgon and their affiliate institutions which include; KahayaTechnical
Institute in Bushenyi and Nyamitanga Technical Institute. The other vocational
training affiliates are; Kitgum Technical Institute, Kalongo Technical
Institute in Agago, Ora Technical Institute in Zombo and Butaleja Technical
Institute, Kasodo Technical Institute in Pallisa and Kaliro Technical