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Gulu University Supports Motion On Degazettment For Expansion

Gulu University Council members headed by the chairperson Council ,Ms Theresa Mary Obbo accompanied by a team of top management led by Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah on Thursday appeared before Committee on Education and Sports of the 11th Parliament of Uganda  to support with evidence the Motion to degazette 70 acres of the Gulu Central Forest Reserve and give to the University which Motion was raised on the floor of Parliament on the 14th  September 2021 by Hon. Ojara Martine Mapenduzi, the Mp for Layibi-Bardege Division,Gulu City.

 

The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob. L. Oulanyah had deferred the Motion to be handled by the Committee on Education and Sports and gave them three weeks to verify claims of the University if it can facilitate the degazettment. Ms Theresa Mary Obbo said Gulu University was established as a Public University under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 (Establishment of Gulu University Instrument 2003 No. 31  on 25th day of June, 2003, enacted by Parliament on the 14th of May 2003).

 

‘’ The University was to be located in Laroo Division, Gulu Municipality Gulu District where land had been identified covering 742 hectares. However, the University was unable to acquire this land due to resistance from some of the local community members.   Later the need to establish a Faculty of Medicine was felt by government but there was no land available immediately to construct the Faculty of Medicine.  In view of the above, the University then applied to the Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment initially asking for allocation of 50 acres of land of the Gulu Central Forest Reserve in Gulu Municipality’’.   Ms Obbo told the Committee.

 

According to the documents she presented ,the office of the Vice-Chancellor of Gulu University wrote to National Forestry Authority in May 2005 asking for a temporary license for miscellaneous activities in the Gulu Central Forest Reserve which was granted on condition the University finds an alternative land and was all met for a swap with a University land in Nwoya district.

Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah the Gulu University Vice -Chancellor also backed the submission by telling the Committee that the 70 acres being requested all have government investments worth billions of shillings since it has Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Multifunctional Laboratory, the new Library and major construction of Business and Development Centre .

“As you can see from records, this process have just been delayed but now it needs your immediate attention so that the University develops with full force for national interest”. Openjuru said.

 

The University team asked the Committee to support the degazzetment so that the University can expand with a Teaching Hospital, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Faculty of Pharmacy as future development plans among others.

The Committee being chaired by Hon. John Twesigye Ntamuhiira promised that they would be visiting the University for a Facts finding mission based on their terms of reference to prove and see the original copies of documents submitted by the University in support of the degazzetment.

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