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Makerere Inducts New staff for MaRCCI project at MUARIK.




A section of the new MaRCCI staff  and CAES administrative staff posing for a group photograph

About twenty new staffs of Makerere University Regional Centre for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI) project have been oriented on how to properly conduct the World Bank Funded project.

The new staff was taken through the University Dos and Don’ts at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) on the 4th September 2017.

The orientation was coordinated by the MaRCCI Deputy Director Prof. Paul Gibson.

 Administrative staff from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) delivered inspirational talks on the University policies and procedures and how these relate to Public Service conduct and Labour Laws.

These included the Deputy Centre Director Prof. Paul Gibson, Mr. Edward Obura the college Registrar and the Human Resource Manager Ms. Harriet Hawa.

MaRCCI is a $ 6 million USD five year project funded by the World Bank being directed by Dr. Richard Edema as the Project Principal Investigator (PI) Department of Agricultural Production.

 Speaking during the orientation, the MaRCCI Deputy Centre Director by Prof .Paul Gibson said the World Bank purpose in funding the establishment of 22 African Centres of Excellence (ACEs)   in West and Eastern Africa is to catalyse economic transformation in Africa by creating specialized centers of excellence in STEM disciplines to build human and institution capacity and linkages and also conduct economic transformative research.

“The purpose of the centre’s is to provide educationally innovative PhD and MSc. program   that produce  fit-for –purpose  market relevant graduates who will drive the economic transformation within host countries and the region,”  said Prof. Gibson.

Prof. Paul Gibson Speeaking


Prof. Paul Gibson speaking 

The other purpose according to Prof. Gibson is to stimulate cutting edge research that address bottlenecks in economic development; Encourage multi institutional cooperation that strengthens cooperating institutions beyond the selected ACEs.

Others are to Stimulate Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in service of economic development and Provide examples of World class centers that serve as models and catalysts.

Prof. Gibson reported that the project within its five years will support about 70 students both at Masters and (PhD) Level from across Africa, provide in-service training courses and improve efficiency and management of MaRCCI by employing staff.


A section of the staff during the orientation

He said MaRCCI was building on the previous success where 57 PhD and 120 MSc in Plant Breeding were trained, research published with a number of graduates working in development institutions.

Addressing the recruited staff, the Registrar College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Mr. Edward Obura said as much as the project is a World Bank Centre of Excellence, the focus of Makerere University is on students.

As staff, Mr. Obura said they have a duty to guide students and build good relationship with them.

“Don’t be rough to them but make them feel at home. At times you may over react but try to calm down so that students do not fear you,” Said Obura.


Mr. Edward Obura speaking to new staff

He warned the recruits to desist from indulging in activities contravening university policies.

The Human Resource Manager CAES Ms. Harriet Hawa advised staff to acquaint themselves with the University rules and regulations that is geared at the fulfillment of the university core values.

The manager advised the new staff to finalise their recruitment exercise like filling the bio-data form, and going for medical checkup at the University hospital.

Ms.Hawa spelt out the rules, entitlements and privileges that come with their contracts such as working hours, reporting time and leave among others.

“Leave is compulsory whether you want or not. You have to rest after working for 12 months and you have to identify someone at your rank or a junior to act in your position not your boss or supervisor,” said Hawa.

She warned employees against the breach of contract and misconduct but to act at all times in a reasonable and responsible manner.


Ms. Harriet Hawa addressing new staff

Ms. Hawa enumerated some of the misconduct that university has zero tolerance. These include drunkardness, consumption of illegal drugs, refusal to take lawful orders or neglect to perform lawful duty.

“The university shall have zero tolerance to corruption, insubordination and failure of management of time”.

Others are incompetence and inefficiency, abusive language, gossiping against fellow workers, theft, embezzlement, and destruction of university property, illegal strikes and soliciting bribes among others.

The OC Kabanyolo Police post ASP Billy Tabu implored staff to use official entrances into the institute and avoid shortcuts beyond 5.00pm

A4.The ASP Billy Tabu and MUARIK Chairman Kitikyamuwogo Batte Emmanuel

Tabu also advised staff to be vigilant, move with identifications and be skeptical of strangers within their premises.

“There are many local boys here who aim at young women and girls snatching bags. Always be in groups while using small gates”. The OC warned.

MUARIK Chairman Batte Emmanuel Kitikyamuwogo said Kabanyolo is a noise-free village and peaceful.

He implored staff to maintain the peace and always report to the leaders in case of any problem.


Article compiled by:

Nankebe  Agnes Nantambi;

Internee, Communication Office,  CAES

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