Some leaders in Hoima are still skeptical over the operationalization of the long-awaited Bunyoro University, even as Minister Ernest Kiiza announces that a concept note has been submitted to the president.
Kiiza, the Bunyoro Affairs Minister, told Hoima local leaders that the president had cleared the university operations and tasked him to provide him a concept note which he did recently.
The Minister explained that the president’s only condition is that the University must be science-based and should have a faculty of petroleum studies. He says the university will be called Bunyoro University of Petroleum and Applied Sciences. Bunyoro is home to most of Uganda’s estimated 3.5 billion barrels of oil.
Kiiza reveals that consultations on where the University will be located will follow after Parliament gives a go ahead for the institution to start.
But some leaders have welcomed this with skepticism. James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the district councilor for Kigorobya Sub County, says they will only appreciate when the university is in place. He says the University is among the unfulfilled promises President Yoweri Museveni has made to Bunyoro.
Ashraf Mugenyi, an elder and opinion leader wonders how government would start a university in the region when the existing colleges that would form faculties are being sold off. Mugenyi cites the privatization of Masindi National Teachers College, now Kabalega College. Nyabyeya Forestry College, Kamurasi and Buleera Teacher Training Colleges are some of the remaining government colleges in Bunyoro.
Uganda has six public universities including Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara, Gulu Butaleja and Makerere Business School. Plans are underway to establish more universities in Arua and a constituency college of Gulu in Lira district.