Mak to Spend UGX 1.3B on Maintaining Two New Buildings

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It is estimated that the buildings will separately require Shillings 60 million for the payment of property managers including officers, custodians and security guards annually. Each building will also require about Shillings 900million for electricity, Shillings 96million for water, Shillings 60million for repairs and replacement.

Makerere University will require Shillings 1.3 billion annually for the maintenance of two newly built buildings. One of the buildings is located at the former UCB slab next to the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) while the other is found next to the School of Social Sciences.

 
The buildings were built with support from African Development Bank- ADB. While addressing the Estates Committee meeting recently, Eng. Fred Nuwagaba, the Director Makerere University Estates Department, said they have completed 90 percent of the works on the five-floor building next to the College of Business and Management Sciences. 



The building is comprised of offices, several lecture rooms, and halls. The four storied building next to the School of Social Sciences that has teaching space, 1,000 seater auditorium, and an E-learning Centre and is said to be complete. 



The two buildings are meant to address the problem of limited teaching spaces in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences-CHUSS, College of Education and External Studies-CEES and CoBAMS). Eng. Fred Nuwagaba, the Estates director, says although the buildings are almost complete, the university will not occupy them until April next year when government releases money for furniture. 



This means that students will continue studying in the dining in their halls of residences for the first semester of the 2017/18 academic year. However, the concept notes for the management of the two buildings discussed at the 160th Estates and Works committee meeting shows that the university needs Shillings 1.3 billion annually to maintain both buildings.
 
 
 
It is estimated that the buildings will separately require Shillings 60 million for the payment of property managers including officers, custodians and security guards annually. Each building will also require about Shillings 900million for electricity, Shillings 96million for water, Shillings 60million for repairs and replacement.  They will also require about Shillings.156million for servicing equipment and another Shillings 144million for cleaning services every year.



 
The estimates are based on the maintenance costs for the newly built Infectious Disease Institute building.  It is projected that each of the buildings will generate Shillings 2.3billion from businesses and remittances.

 

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