Gulu University Delegation meets Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana over Proposed Specialized Teaching Hospital 27th of September 2023 from his residence in KampalaWensi MUJUNANTE
Gulu University delegation led by Council Chairperson Mrs. Mary Theresa Obbo and the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah met their Chancellor Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who was a former Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda on developments and University updates including Gulu University Specialized Teaching Hospital on the 27th of September 2023 from his residence in Kampala.
The Council Chairperson Mrs. Mary Theresa Obbo told the meeting that the University heavily needs the support of the Chancellor knocking on doors and lobbying to see that the University development funds are increased to accommodate the many developments the University is taking, like the Business and Development Centre, Senate building, University Stadium among others.
Mrs. Obbo also made it clear that the delegation also wanted to brief the Chancellor on matters of the specialized Hospital that tops the media in Uganda by the 26th of September 2023.
Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah the Gulu University Vice-Chancellor informed the Chancellor that the University has been getting constant feedback from the Ministry of Education based on the proposed Gulu University specialized Teaching Hospital, however, had not gotten any information from the Ministry of Health yet based on the letter the President wrote as quoted in the Media is the Ministry of Health to spearhead to initiate the process of the Memorandum of Understanding with the VAMED, the developer of the project.
At the Specialized Teaching Hospital, the former Premier called the Minister of Health, Dr. Aceng Ruth Jane on the phone and alerted her that he had a delegation from Gulu University.
The Minister told the meeting that she had just finished a meeting with the developer by that time and she would write to the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development for them to make a decision on the project since it is a loan and not a grant.
The Minister added that the Ministry of Health needs the loan clearance by the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development if viable since it is still at the proposal level.
Gulu University Chancellor told the delegation to give it one month as the Ministry of Health and Finance, Planning and Economic Development works on the part that is the most crucial for the project.
“There is a strong goodwill from the President, our role is to ensure that nothing blocks or delays this important project”. Noted Dr. Rugunda. On the general development of the University, the Chancellor promised to be knocking on all doors to see that Gulu University develops.
The members who attended the meeting included the University Secretary, Obol David Otori, the University Bursar, Nyeko John, and the Chief/Director of Planning and Development, Asaf Adebua among others.