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The First Lady expressed her gratitude as she laid the foundation stone

Makerere University Kampala 17/5/2022. The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni, expressed their joy and appreciation to God at the laying of the foundation stone for the reconstruction of the main administrative building in Makerere and other ongoing projects which will enhance the prestige of the institution as a centre. for higher education and excellence.

The administrative block, as well as the famous bell tower, were ravaged by a fire two years ago. “I was here for the last time on September 20, 2020.

It was a sad day not only for Makerere but for our nation and nations in general as Makerere educated many people from other nations. It was also at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Makerere University was founded 100 years ago and several events have been planned by the organizing committee to mark the centenary.

It was first established as a technical school in 1922 and became an independent national university in 1970.

Today, the institution offers programs to just over 35,000 undergraduate students and is consistently ranked among the top universities in Africa.

Next week, President Yoweri Museveni and Mrs. Museveni are expected to preside over the 72nd graduation ceremony.

Ms Museveni said: “So for me, my presence here to relay the foundation stone of the main administration building in this Makerere Double Jubilee season is very humbling and very important not only for the education and sports sector, but for the whole nation.”

She said, “So it is my prayer that the Lord God will be the foundation of the new structure and indeed of the university forever.

I pray that the foundation of this structure will be the truth that comes from the one who said, “He is the way, the truth and the life and He alone will sustain our new main administrative building and indeed this university forever”.

Apart from the main building, Ms. Museveni also laid the foundation stone for the proposed law school and officially opened new teaching facilities.

The reconstructed building will be remodeled to provide space for a museum, gallery, exhibition preparation room, archives, central stores, elevators, gift shop and some administrative offices.

Central Teaching Facilities 1 and 2 include lecture halls, administrative offices, meeting rooms, a 1000-seat auditorium, and study rooms among the facilities.

When completed, the new law school building will have a courtroom, seminar rooms, lounges, a nursing room, offices and a waiting room for the judge.

Ms. Museveni made a dental school and hospital tour which is expected to boost dental studies at the university.

It is equipped with machine/engine room, dental studios/clinics, recovery rooms, restrooms, storage and staff offices, student locker rooms and other things.

In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe told the First Lady, “You have contributed directly to raising resources for all these projects, which cost over UGX 60 billion and we thank you very much for that.

Allow me also to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts in raising funds for the construction of a teaching and research hospital in Makerere as well as for your personal intervention in the protection of University lands in Katanga.

A solution finally seems to be on the horizon for this 70+ year old problem and we are so grateful.

He said, “Mom, please accept our deepest gratitude for all these efforts and for your enduring love for Makerere University and higher education in Uganda.

We are committed to making good use of all these facilities to contribute to the economic and social development of Uganda in a more holistic manner.

Ms. Lorna Magara, Chairperson of Makerere University Council, said: “The commemoration and celebrations of Makerere at 100 years include the organization of a range of activities including public lectures, seminars, exhibitions , conferences, alumni events, district expos, a centennial marathon and conferences.

The culminating event will take place on October 8, 2022.” This comes a day before Uganda’s independence anniversary.

She said: “As part of the celebrations, we have also set aside legacy projects to remind future generations of this important moment in history, including the University Hospital, and we are eternally grateful for your stewardship in the negotiation of the 300 million US dollars for its construction.”