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Soroti University Explains Return of UGX 2.7Bn To Treasury

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According to Omoding, the Shillings 717 million meant for wages was returned because the recruitment process was only concluded in May this year for 50 staff including teaching and non-teaching staff. He says the staff was only paid for May and June and the balance of ten months was returned to the treasury.
Officials from Soroti University led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Robert Ikoja-Odongo appearing before the Education Committee.

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At least Shillings 2.7 billion allocated to Soroti University in 2018/2019 financial year was returned to the national treasury due to the late release and delayed in procurement and staff recruitment.   

The University Accounting Officer, Sam Omoding, says of the returned money included Shillings 717 million that was meant for wages, Shillings 427 million for machinery and equipment and Shillings 677 million for other requirements.

He was responding to the budget performance report of Soroti University compiled by the Accountant General, which shows that by June 30th, 2019 when the financial year ended, the university had only spent Shillings 15.2 billion out of the Shillings 18 billion released. 

In the 2018/2019 financial year, government allocated Soroti University Shillings 12.1 billion. 

The university also received supplementary funding to the tune of Shillings 5.8 billion. However, only 84 percent of the money had been absorbed by the end of the financial year.   

According to Omoding, the Shillings 717 million meant for wages was returned because the recruitment process was only concluded in May this year for 50 staff including teaching and non-teaching staff. 

He says the staff was only paid for May and June and the balance of ten months was returned to the treasury.  

He also cited the late release of the supplementary funds. Omoding says their request for supplementary funding was approved early this year, a few months to the end of the financial year. 

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The university also planned to construct a water and sewerage management system at Shillings 1 billion.  However, the procurement process was halted pending administrative review. 

Omoding says that by June 24th, 2019 the money was swept back to the Finance Ministry Single Treasury Account because the procurement process hadn’t been concluded. 

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Soroti University also returned Shillings 1.5 billion in the 2017/2018 financial year, which was provided for recurrent wage and non-wage expenditure.  The university spent Shillings 10. 3 billion out of Shillings 11.9 billion released. 

Omoding says that returning funds for planned activities means that the implementing body could have failed to deliver services. He however, says it is difficult to spend the money as expected because of late releases and long procurement processes.   

Omoding is however excited that the university has been allowed to admit its pioneer class and that lectures will begin this August. 

The University was meant to admit its pioneer class in August 2016. However, it failed to do so up until this year due to incomplete construction works and approval for courses- Bachelor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Surgery , Bachelor of Nursing Science and  Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Computer Engineering curriculum from the respective bodies -Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council, Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council and Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers.