New Gulu University VC Promises Changes

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Professor Openjuru promised to institute a new system of management at the university within 100 days to restore student confidence and trust in the management of the university.

The new vice chancellor of Gulu University, Professor George Openjuru Ladaah has promised changes at the institution.

The former lecturer at the Institute of Adult Education at Makerere University assumed office on Saturday.
Professor Openjuru was handed office by Professor Jack Nyeko Penmogi during the University's 13th graduation ceremony held at the university main campus in Gulu district. The event was presided over by the University chancellor, Professor Frederick Kayanja and officiated by deputy speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah.
Oulanyah represented minister of education, first lady Janet Kataha Museveni. Out of the total 1,484 students who graduated, five received degrees of doctorate in philosophy while others returned with certificates, diplomas and bachelors in various disciplines.
The number of female students which stood at 870 or 58.6 percent outweighed the number of male students of 614 representing 41.4 percent.
Professor Openjuru promised to institute a new system of management at the university within 100 days to restore student confidence and trust in the management of the university.
"As vice chancellor of the university, my focus will be on improving the key functions of the university, which are research, community university engagement and teaching. I will pay close attention on developing the teaching and learning infrastructure, human resource mechanism and unit that will be created, improving the library and information services," he stated to the applause of parents and students.
According to Professor Openjuru, within the first 100 days in office, he will also acquire land for infrastructure development, improve staff and students' welfare, governance and financial resources management and funding.
Professor Jack Nyeko Penmogi, the outgoing vice chancellor pledged full support for professor Openjuru saying he will be loyal in performance of his duties since he also teaches at the university.
Deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah read a speech of the minister of education Janet Museveni saying the university should excellently manage loan facilities from the African Development Bank in putting up infrastructure in the university.
The statement says the loans will also be used to develop facilities in six other universities and two higher institutions of learning across the country.
"Under this loan, Gulu University will receive funding for the construction of the faculty of Agriculture, a multi-purpose laboratory block, a library block, improvement of ICT infrastructure, supply of ICT equipment and related services, support e-learning development for online teaching. It will also supply equipment for workshops and laboratories among others, my prayer is that you steward this funding well" the statement reads.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.