Makerere University is to lay off several staff in the estates and security departments this year in line with a decision made by the University Council four years ago. Gilbert Kadilo, Makerere's Senior Public Relations Officer, discloses that in 2004 the University Council made a decision to restructure some departments of the university. He says about 60 staff from the estates and security departments will be laid off as a result of the streamlining process. Kadilo says the restructuring process was delayed by a financial crisis at the university. A document that was circulated during a recent meeting of the University Council indicates that 546 million shillings is required to settle claims in the retrenchment exercise. The university only has 216 million shillings for the process. Professor Livingstone Luboobi, the Makerere Vice Chancellor, has appealed to government to release the money for the retrenchment. He says the university is considering reallocating 90 million shillings released to the Estates Department for the construction of a perimeter wall around the main compass to pay for the lay offs. Workers who shall be affected by the retrementment are mostly grounds men and women as well as maintenance staff. The university has outsourced the services of a private company, Mop Cleaning Services, to replace the staff.