Mak Perimeter Wall Project Funds Run Out

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In his report to the Estates and Works Committee on the progress of the construction work, the Makerere University convocation Chairperson says they had only done 550 meters of the 5kilometers of the perimeter wall when the funds ran out.

The construction of the Makerere University perimeter fence has suffered a setback due to lack of funds. The Makerere university convocation, which is spearheading the construction, has run out of funds.  
 
In his report to the Estates and Works Committee on the progress of the construction work, the Makerere University convocation Chairperson says they had only done 550 meters of the 6kilometer perimeter wall fence when the funds ran out.

 
Kampala Capital City Authority is expected to construct 1.6 kilometers along Makerere hill road. The construction work begun from former Makerere High School/Equity Bank Building towards Makerere Hill road, which lies along Jjunju road. 



The convocation realized Shillings 55.2 million in cash and another Shillings 12.7 million in pledges during the 67th graduation ceremony in February this year. According to the convocation, Shillings 220million was spent on the present construction. 

Of this, Shillings .1.3M was from Makerere staff, Makerere University Christian Fellowship Shs.1.7, Centenary Bank Shillings 1 million, Makerere University Council Members Shillings 7.5 million and Shillings 35 million came from the Convocation.

 
The university also advanced the convocation Shillings 170million that was contributed by each graduating student. While meeting the Estates and Works Committee, Dr. Tanga requested the university to advance them at least Shillings 100M to kick start the construction of the Eastern gate by December 1.

 
He also wants the university to write to President Museveni requesting him to avail them Shillings 1billion he promised for the project. 

 
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He requested the university to partner with the convocation to organize a wall run intended to raise more funds. The first phase construction of the perimeter wall project is hoped will be launched by the Education and Sports Minister, Janet Museveni.

Makerere University main campus sits on over 6km of land most of which isn't fenced. The unregulated entry and exit of students and residents from the university has in the past led to thefts and attacks. 
 

Associate Prof. Eria Hisali, the acting Makerere University Secretary, says the university will provide the required funds, saying it is in their interest to see the project is completed. 


"We are trying to get support from several sources. Internally we are going to continue to mobilize resources and whenever resources flow, we shall definitely support the project because it is our interest to have it finished as soon as possible," said Assoc. Prof. Hisali.

 

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