By Innocent Atuganyira
The minister state for Bunyoro Affairs Hon. Janipher Namuyangu Kacha has revealed that the Bunyoro Public University will commence in the next financial year.
She said that the government has already secured the money to commence the university.
”The commencement of Bunyoro Public University is in the next financial year, and government has already secured the money for the university.”
The minister challenged the parents and guardians to get prepared for the university since it will bring the services near to the people.
Harriet Businge the Woman member of parliament for Hoima district asserted that since the University is targeting all people, residents should get prepared to benefit from the development.
She also noted that though some people may not be able to directly benefit from the university, they can offer other services such as accommodation, transport and also others.
”The university may not benefit all people, but we can tap into the opportunity such as providing accommodation, restaurant, transport and others.”
Last year, The Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja told parliament that two Universities, Bunyoro University and Busoga University will be operating in the financial year 2022/2023.
The government has embarked on establishing public Universities across the country to accommodate the growing number of students in the country.
President Museveni accepted calls for the establishment of a University in Bunyoro in August, after another plea by the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.
This was just one of the many demands for public universities in the regions, as many leaders see it as an opportunity for the specific regions to develop.
Just on Wednesday, Members of Parliament from Busoga region led by their chairperson Stephen Kisa, the Luuka county MP also called for the establishment of a public university in Busoga. The current Busoga University is run as a private institution, affiliated with the Central Busoga Diocese of the Church of Uganda.
Last year Nabbanja said that the government is fast-tracking the process of establishing public universities across the country, and that a taskforce has been formed to foresee this. She said for the Bunyoro region, a stakeholders engagement has been done, and a taskforce has been set up to oversee the process.
If the two Universities are set up, it will bring the number of public Universities to 11. The move would also mean that President Museveni’s vision to have each of the original 18 districts of Uganda get a University is taking shape.
So far, the public Universities include; Mbarara University, Kabale University, Mountains of the Moon University, Gulu University, Lira University, Muni University, Soroti University, Busitema University. Others are Makerere University and Kyambogo University.