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Legislators task MoES officials to avail equal supplementary budgets for education institutions

By Muhumuza Jimmy

Parliament 

The Ministry of Education and Sports has been tasked to present a list of all the universities that sought supplementary funding in the Financial Year 2022/2023.

This follows concerns by legislators on the Committee on Education and Sports that the accountability made by the ministry for supplementary funding covered only a few universities.

The Minister of State for Sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang presented justification for the expenditure of Shs44.873 billion under the Education Skills Development and Sports sub-program.

According to the report, five universities including Ndejje University (Shs3.8 billion), Mbarara University (Shs1.66 billion), Makerere University (Shs8 billion), Kabale University (Shs3.21 billion), and Mountains of the Moon University (Shs5.9 billion) are highlighted.

The MP for Napore West County Hon. Philiphs Illukol said the presentation by the minister was not national, noting that universities from Northern and Eastern Uganda were not catered for and it’s mandated to ensure that equal opportunities are given to all Ugandans in higher education. 

The legislator for Arua District Hon. Lillian Paparu cited universities like Muni, Gulu, Busitema, and Soroti which need supplementary funding but have not been considered.

 “I am in possession of communication from Muni University as of yesterday. They said they had written asking for a supplementary to cater for funding gaps but they have not received feedback,” said Paparu.

Hon. Emmanuel Ongiertho pinned the Finance Ministry for failure to release supplementary funds as requested by universities and asked why does the Minister of Finance present a supplementary budget to Parliament which gets approved, but is not implemented? 

Ongiertho urged the Ministers for Education to ensure that what Parliament has appropriated is adequately disbursed to the agencies.

The Committee Chairperson, Hon. John Twesigye asked the minister to explain how the supplementary budgets are issued to the different universities.

Ogwang said the requests for supplementary funding are not handled by the Ministry of Education but by the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development.

 “The Ministry of Finance does not release the money to the agencies or votes according to what has been budgeted for and approved by Parliament. I call upon this committee to nudge the Finance Ministry to release the approved supplementary funding in time,” said Ogwang.

He, however, commended the Finance Ministry for releasing supplementary funds for some institutions of higher learning, which he said has facilitated their programs.

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