By Rackara Emmanuel
Gulu university is set to construct a huge multi-billion ‘sophisticated business and development center’ worth Uganda shillings 35 billion.
The university conducted a ground breaking event on Friday (last week) to kick start the multi billion project to cover a gazetted location of 28000sq meters.
The four year developmental project (construction) was awarded to Chico Chinese Group of Companies and expected to accommodate a population of 2500 students.
The business complex will comprise of four floors with 11 lecture rooms, computer labs, mini auditorium, among others.
According to Openjuru George Ladaa, the vice chancellor of the university, the building was in plan 10 years ago but faced funding dilema until this year when they received the shillings 1.5b from government.
He urged government to fully allocate appropriate fund for any development in the university because under funding deprive the development of the university.
“We confirm to utilize the fund allocated for the faculty satisfactorily,” he said.
Nokrach William, MP for disabled persons who stood as the chief guest advised the university to look far beyond setting structures but also focus on building the image of the university and appreciates the existence of peace in the region which is attracting more students to the university.
He called upon the contractor to build a more accessible structure for students and everyone.
“Many of us know that the university has definately produced quality people and is working hard in transforming the community in terms of creating employment opportunities and development,” he noted.
He pledged to work together so that the land issues between the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and the university is resolved
Ojara Martin Mapenduzi who’s the LC5 Gulu said the university is currently “taking a good positive lead and pledge full commitment in support more especially in seeing that more space is gazetted for further development.”
Mr. Ojara appreciated the university in seeing that a lot of progress is picking up at the university and added “i shall continue to do what it takes as local government leadership.”
Okot Peter, Member of Parliament for Tochi County said, “as Acholi Parliamentary group, we are spearheading the initiative of de-gazzeting forest to encourage more developments within the university.”
He further added that the university should always “inform them about any development initiative and as Acholi Parliamentarians, we are up to gang support.”