Makerere University is hunting for shillings 3.8 billion to rehabilitate the sanitation facilities at the university campus.
Fred Nuwaga, Director Makerere University Estates Department says that the university council has already approved a budget of shillings 1.3 billion to start the renovation exercise. He explains that part of the approved funds will be used to complete the construction of toilets in Nsibirwa hall, school of education and College of Health Sciences.
Nuwagaba says that they are also working on a program to repair university roads, dilapidated staff quarters and the university perimeter wall. Cyriaco Kabagambe, Makerere dean of students says that prioritizing sanitation would help reduce student strikes. He says that previously the university has been spending shillings 250 million from the capitation grants on sanitation, but the money was not enough.
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The proposal to improve the sanitation in Makerere University follows a strike last months by students of Nsibirwa hall about the poor sanitation in their hall of residence. The students stormed the university administration building and dragged the vice chancellor to Nsibirwa hall to see the poor hygiene in their halls. They claimed that many of the toilet facilities had broken down and but nothing had been done to repair them.