ARUA.Muni University on Monday launched the second phase of the construction of a 9.4 billion health science laboratory that is set to complete the first phase of the African development bank funded project.
The 2010 ADB project was to support public universities in Uganda although Muni was not fully fledged but still a task force. However, the team put up a case that enabled the ministry to give consideration but with lower funding compared to other public universities.
“The whole world is waiting for Muni University to become a fully-fledged institution in the operationalization of the health discipline, agriculture, the IT we have already moved forward and others and this is premised from the side of infrastructure”, Prof Christine Dranzoa, the University vice-chancellor said at the groundbreaking ceremony at the University campus.
“We are the first university to start on a green field meaning all that we have been doing is started on a piece of paper and we are coming from far”, Dranzoa said.
She hailed the government of Uganda funded project as a landmark facility that will go a long way in enhancing the University’s capacity.
Dranzoa said Muni is already at an international level in terms of building partnerships and want the partners from Harvard, Denmark University, University of Puma land and Pretoria South Africa, and those from the East African region to be able to come and do quality research, teaching and learning using the facilities.
Rev Fr Dr Epiphany Odubuker, the university secretary spoke on rather strong terms warning the contractor Ms Kisinga construction to strictly abide by the terms of the contract or risk facing tough action.
“Muni University takes no less than they deserve, they cherish high quality works that’s why when you move around, the works speak for itself, so your first challenge is whether you give us equal to that or better; The worst you can do is give us the same quality I don’t talk about giving us less because we don’t want to see that one here” A tough-talking Fr. Odubuker warned.
His remarks were echoed by Prof Tickodri Togboa, the chairman of the works and estates committee who warned the contractor, a team composed of mainly young people to perform to utmost transparency in the project execution.
“I have faith in young people, they are far more active and easy to manage, you can have confidence as long as you do your work well, you will have our backing but under no circumstances should we have a scenario where Lt. Col. Nakalema will come here, I don’t want that” Prof. Togboa said.
Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the anti-corruption unit of statehouse has in the recent past been well known for her tough stance against corrupt public officials.
The works are to be undertaken in a period of three years and are to be completed in 2022.