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Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu opens ground for the construction of the Post Graduate Research Laboratories at Kabanyolo.


MAK VC Prof.John Ddumba-Sentamu and Principal CAES Prof. Bernard Bashaasha excavating the ground to pave way for the construction of the post graduate laboratories at Kabanyoro

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba – Ssentamu on 16th August 2017 opened the ground to mark the start of the construction of the Post Graduate and Research Laboratories at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK).

The ground breaking ceremony followed the site hand over to the Contractor Excel Construction Company Ltd on 10th August, 2017.

 The estimated cost for the new structure is $ 1.2million US Dollars and is part of the USD 29.2 million from the 5 year period (2013-2018) AfDB - Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST) project.

 Makerere University is one of the 6 institutions benefitting with the allocation of USD 29.2 million. One of the key components of the project is improving lecture and research facilities.

 The project is expected to take nine (09) months ready by June 2018.

Presiding over the function as Chief Guest, the Vice Chancellor Makerere University Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu said the facility will help the university to strengthen its core functions of Teaching and Learning; Research and Innovations, community engagement and transfer partnership.


“I would like to thank the Government of Uganda for this facility. As you know Makerere University has been benefitting from a grant from AfDB and has two centralised teaching facilities on the main campus, so we are happy that Excel Construction Company is again undertaking the construction of this facility, “Said Ddumba.

He said the university has for long been faced with inadequate funding emphasising that government has done it right to come to its rescue by giving it this kind of facility.

He said the project money is not for free money but a government secured loan from AfDB to help in promoting academic excellence.

“In any university, research is very key, so the management together with council agreed to set up this facility not only at Kabanyolo but all other centres since the country cannot be moved forward unless research is prioritised, “he said.


Prof.John Ddumba-Sentamu and Principal CAES Prof. Bernard Bashaasha and the project Manager Arch Designs congratulate one another after the ground breaking ceremony.

He applauded government towards its increased investment in higher institutions of learning like Makerere, Kyambogo, Busitema among others saying it is quite commendable.

“To be sincere government has attempted to invest a lot in education, without that investment we would not have seen these facilities and I must say the period between 2012 and now a lot has gone on in Makerere University. It has changed a lot because of government’s involvement in investing in higher education.

So it’s is true that government is investing a lot in research but it is also true that the money is still not enough, therefore I call upon government to give us more resources to undertake research,” he appealed.

The Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Prof. Bernard Bashasha welcomed the idea of constructing the facility at Kabanyolo saying it will greatly add an impact to the operations of the college.


Principal CAES Prof. Bernard Bashaasha disembarking from the excavator after the ground breaking

The facility according to him will have two floors, the ground floor occupying a total area of 990sqm and will accommodate the reception area, wash rooms, offices, crop science lab, animal science lab, soil science lab, Bio-technology lab, stores and General circulation area.

The first floor he added that  will occupy a total area of 974sqm and will accommodate lecture theatre, seminar room, washrooms, offices, library and a general circulation area.

“We are very grateful for this day, this structure marks the initial building at Kabanyolo, not that there are no other buildings but this is for a purpose. Eventually we are planning to move the college from main campus to this location, because this is agriculture and this is where we have land.

Here, we can expand and can do all types of things we want to do, we hope that more structures will follow. There is another one following soon which is the World Bank centre of excellence for crop improvement and we hope it will be the second building as others follow.


He said the college was short of laboratory space but expressed optimism that much will be provided under the facility.

“We hope it will ease the current pressure we are having at main campus, so we are hoping that some units will move here most likely beginning with crop science followed by animal science and slowly the college will be shifting. We hope to have a separate university of Agriculture at this land in Kabanyolo,” he said.

He said they hope to move the teaching, innovations, field work, students’ activities and accommodation and maintain afoot hold at the main campus.

Report compiled by

Nankebe Agnes Nantambi

Internee, Communication Office CAES.


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