Makerere University to Re-open Despite Main Building Fire, University Council to Hold Urgent Meeting at 3pm Today
Makerere University authorities have confirmed that final year medical students will resume learning despite the major fire incident that ravaged a section of the University’s main building.
Before the fire outbreak, Makerere University had issued a circular calling the medical students to report to their respective deans to be guided on the resumption of learning. They are expected to report on October 3.
Though public attention shifted heavily to the burnt iconic building widely known as the Ivory Tower, the University council chairperson Lorna Magara says without any doubt, students must report as planned.
University Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe says that the fire at the main building has nothing to do with the learning as the latter takes place in different colleges that were not affected nor were the staff members to execute the resumption plan.
Besides the medical students, the finalists in other disciplines and programmes are also expected to return to the University on October 15 following the partial reopening of the educational institutions by the president. The university council will have an emergency meeting today to give direction and guidance on how business should be conducted.
Meanwhile, all staff that has been working from the main building have been asked to remain home until further notice.
According to a statement issued by the university principal public relations officer, the university management is still looking for space and mobilizing equipment that will be used by the affected critical offices.
“Following the devastating fire, the main building will not be accessible until further notice. The Uganda Police is investing to establish the cause of the fire. Skeletal staff who have been working from the main building are kindly requested to remain home as the University management together with the respective unit heads work out modalities of office space and relocation to other buildings,” the statement reads in part.
Meanwhile Makerere University Council Chairperson Ronah Magara has called an urgent meeting scheduled for 3pm today to discuss the fire that destroyed the institution’s main building over the weekend.
Magara says the meeting is to assess the extent of damage caused by the fire.