Makerere University is seeking 2 Billion Shillings for the Centennial Celebrations.
The university is considering using part of the funds to renovate halls of residence, staff offices, and classroom blocks that are dilapidated. Some of these structures have not been renovated for more than 15 years.
Lumumba Hall, for instance, has an entire block cordoned off because of its dilapidated state.
Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, says that part of the funds for the celebrations will be used to give a facelift to the structures. He however declined to reveal how much is needed for the works.
Engineer Christina Kakeeto, the Director in charge of Estates at Makerere says that water distribution, storage, and electrical systems will also need revamping.
According to Nawangwe, the university hopes to construct a Science and Technology Business Incubation Center, a Students Center, and a University Teaching and Research Hospital.
“We want to leave a legacy through these for the next 100 years as others left a legacy for the facilities we have enjoyed in the past years.”
Since the launch of the centennial celebrations last year in October, the university has been soliciting funds from alumni and well-wishers to aid its plans.
The reconstruction of the main building which the University hopes will be completed before October had its budget covered by the government.
Some of the other contributions have come from corporate companies like Absa which donated 65 Million Uganda Shillings on Tuesday.
Mumba Kalifungwa, the Managing Director for Absa Uganda says that the money will be used to construct an incubation center.
More contributions have come from MTN Uganda which donated 180 Million Shillings and Vice-Chancellor of Ndejje University Eriabu Lugujjo among others.
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