The Makerere University engineer supervising the renovation works in the CHUSS building says the works delayed and went into the semester because the contract took a lot of time in Solicitor General’s office. Eng Ezra Sekadde reveals that the university planned to conduct the renovations during the holidays, but this was not possible.
“The work of renovating those structures was to be done before the semester began but there was a delay. The contract took a lot of time in the Solicitor General’s office waiting for approval,” Sekadde explained.
Every university works contract has to first go through the Solicitor General’s office for approval, especially those with a government hand in them. Sekadde says that since all contracts are sent to this office, it takes a lot of time and patience because the office finds itself with a lot of work.
He explains that the university could also not delay the renovation works anymore.
“We couldn’t postpone the renovation process because the contract could have been lost. So, even though the contract was released late, we had to go on with work because it is an opportunity we could not afford to lose,” he adds.
Being in charge of the renovations at the CHUSS building, Sekadde admits that his office has received many complaints about the inconveniences caused by the renovations but he pleads with learners to be patient because they are the same people complaining about the bad state of the buildings.
“I am certain that within this month the work will be done and the noise will end. But I cannot guarantee the date. I understand how inconveniencing it is to the students and I apologize sincerely,” Sekadde said.
The Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Edward Kirumira says the work delayed because funds also delayed. He assured the students community that within two weeks, the work will be done.
The complaints of work taking place during the semester bothers the contractors as well.
“The lecturers complain about the smell of the paint we use, but the work must go on,” says Kabunga William, one of the painters.
The building is undergoing renovation for the first time in over seven decades, with changing of tiles and repainting the walls.