FIRST LADY COMMENDS STEADY GROWTH OF NDEJJE UNIVERSITY
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has commended the steady growth demonstrated by Ndejje University since its inception in 1992 and paid tribute to the leadership of the University for the excellent work that is evident for all to see.
The First Lady was at Ndejje University Campus in Luweero on Wednesday to familiarize herself with the developments at the University and to assess the viability of Ndejje University’s request for a Government guarantee in its bid to secure low cost financing from International banks especially as it prepares to start the Health Science Faculty.
This was Mrs. Museveni’s maiden visit to Ndejje where she was received and taken on a guided tour of some of the University facilities by the University Management led by the Chancellor Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa, Chairperson of Ndejje University Council Associate Prof. Margaret Nabasirye Mwawule, Vice Chancellor Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo and the representative of the Founding Body of Ndejje University Bishop Eridard Nsubuga Kironde of Luweero Diocese.
She visited the Victoria Mwaka Hall girls’ hostel which has a capacity to accommodate 618 students and toured the Civil Engineering Laboratory and Woodball Workshop located in the Science and Technology Complex. She laid a foundation stone for the ongoing construction works of a swimming pool, pavilion and gym estimated to cost 800 million shillings and was also shown around the ongoing upgrading works of the Sports Complex that will comprise of a modern pitch, pavilion, changing rooms and tortan tracks estimated to cost about 1.5 billion shillings. The sports facilities are all expected to be up to Olympic standards and ready ahead of the 17th edition of the Inter-University games which Ndejje University is hosting from the 16th to the 21st of December 2017.
Mrs. Museveni unveiled the architectural plan for the proposed Faculty of Health Sciences and assured Ndejje University that the Ministry of Education and Sports is ready to support the University on its journey to secure international funding from EXIM Bank of China to facilitate its establishment.
“As a Ministry I must say we welcome this initiative to establish a medical school with a teaching hospital in Luweero District as this will not only equip our students with skills but it will improve health service delivery in Luweero and the surrounding districts”, she said.
Quoting the Gospel of Mathew Chapter 25 in the Bible, Mrs. Museveni said since Ndejje University has been faithful in servicing its loans with their current local banks, it is also in position to service the loan it is requesting for within the stipulated time. She however hastened to add the Gospel of Luke Chapter 12 which requires one who is entrusted much more to also produce much more in return. “Therefore, as you transition from local borrowing to international borrowing, you will be required to work harder, be more disciplined, accountable and ensure that you pay back within the stipulated time”, she cautioned.
She expressed pleasure at Ndejje University’s level of readiness to host the Inter-University games and pledged that the Education and Sports Ministry would provide the support possible to create the expected results for the games and hope to see success. She also acknowledged Ndejje University’s exemplary participation in sports. She reiterated Government’s commitment to support all the University’s efforts.
Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa Ndejje University’s Chancellor welcomed the First Lady to Ndejje saying her visit uplifts the image of the institution. He said the Institution founded by the six Anglican Dioceses of Luweero, Namirembe, Mukono, Mityana, West Buganda and Central West Buganda was the first private University in the country and it is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year. He also informed the First Lady that Ndejje has a niche in sports and has won trophies at various levels and that the University offers a wide spectrum of sciences and engineering courses and is prepared to take the lead in science teaching.
The Vice Chancellor for Ndejje University Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo pointed out that Ndejje is a chartered non-profit institution with no share capital and derives all its income from tuition charges from students. They have relied on loans from commercial banks to finance expansion and servicing essential amenities but these loans are acquired at high interest rates.
This is therefore the reason they seek to acquire financing from international banks with somewhat low interest rates as they embark on the future prospects in the University’s ten-year Strategic Plan. The plan includes establishment of the faculties of Health Sciences and Law, a Library, Chapel and Sports facilities in 2108.
Among others who joined in receiving the First Lady were the members of the Board of Trustees, the Woman MP Luweero Lillian Nakatte, MP Katikamu South Hon. Edward Ssembatya, the RDC Luweero Alice Muwanguzi, LCV Chairman Ronald Ndawula, Headteachers of Mengo S.S., Ndejje S.S.S and Nalinya Lwantale Primary School, Deans, students and leaders in the community.