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Gulu Varsity to Start Construction of Constituent College In Moroto :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Gulu Varsity to Start Construction of Constituent College In Moroto

Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah, the Vice Chancellor of Gulu University told residents of Nadunget Sub-county who donated the land in a meeting last week that the project aims at socio-economic transformation of the Karamoja Sub-region.
Land owners undergo verification for payment by Gulu University management last week in Nadunget Subcounty, Moroto District. Courtesy Photo.
Gulu University Management is set to start the construction of a constituent Agriculture College in Moroto District. This follows the completion of the compensation of 294 landowners who provided 794 acres of land for the development of the learning institution.

The University spent Shillings 6.5 billion to compensate the landowners in Namatwe, Nacuka, and Komareth villages in Nadunget Sub-county. James Ojok Onono, the Gulu University Communications Officer told Uganda Radio Network Monday that the management concluded the last compensation phase last week.

He said the compensation of the project-affected persons was conducted in seven phases since 2019 when the government earmarked money for the initiative. “The compensation began in 2019 and has been ongoing in phases. The last phase was last week and now what is left is for the University to start construction work,” says Onono. 

According to Onono, the government has since approved Shillings 6.8 billion to kick off the construction of the administration and lecture blocks for the constituent college in the Financial Year 2023/24. Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah, the Vice Chancellor of Gulu University told residents of Nadunget Sub-county who donated the land in a meeting last week that the project aims at socio-economic transformation of the Karamoja Sub-region.

He however says the University management now requires the support of the community in terms of security at the construction site. “Provide us security for the construction and come as labor force, earn some money because this community partnership is not ending anytime’’. Prof. Openjuru asked the locals.

Prof. Openjuru says there is hope that the University will enhance cooperation with neighboring Kenya and other regions of Northern Uganda. Dr. Sidonia Angom Ochieng, the Chairperson Taskforce Force for the Constituent College lauded the locals who provided the land for the development of the college.

“We had 294 PAPS, and we started paying them in phases from the financial year 2019/2020 to date, the 7th and last phase. We started by compensating the first people to give us land in that order of the villages of Namatwe, Nacuka, Komareth, and the majority of the people today are from Oputiput village," said Dr. Sidonia.

Gulu University Constituent College Moroto was a pledge made by President Museveni in 2016 to the people of the Karamoja sub-region to enhance higher education.