The government has declared Busoga University a public institution, putting an end to years of wrangling over the university’s management between the Anglican Church and the federal government.
Dr. Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, the Archbishop, signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of the church, while Dr. John Muyingo, the state minister for higher education, who represented the government, stated that the government will settle all university debts.
Rebecca Kadaga, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East Africa Community Affairs, was present for the signing.
Kadaga told the press that it was a joyous day for the people of Busoga, students, the business community, and the government as a whole.
“Taking over the university by the government has a multiplying impact.” I believe you have witnessed the expansion of the University of Mbarara, Gulu University, and other universities.
I can assure you that this university will be unique. “I urge Ugandans to invest in real estate since the children will be arriving soon, and the lecturers will require lodging,” she said.
The state minister for Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo, said during the signing of the final takeover agreements that universities in a given area help to foster economic development by creating concentrated clusters of human settlement, which results in increased trade, and that the Busoga region will reap the benefits.
“I can now approach to Parliament and seek for money to grow this university with confidence after this signature.” “The government has a great plan to create a public university in each of Uganda’s 18 regions to encourage social and economic growth by providing Ugandans with required marketable skills,” he said.
Kaziimba applauded the government’s decision to take over the university.
“I am grateful to the Ugandan government, as well as the Bishop of the Busoga Diocese and all other stockholders,” he stated.
The government’s acquisition of Busoga University boosts the country’s total number of public universities to 11.