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IBBU Nigeria Delegation Pays Courtesy Call, Courts Mak



A delegation from the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai-Niger State, Nigeria has today 2nd March 2017 paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor and extended a hand of collaboration to Makerere University. The four-man delegation from IBBU was led by the institution’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Muhammad M. Maiturare and received by the acting Vice Chancellor and Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS)-Prof. Edward Kirumira, as well as the Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)-Prof. Bernard Bashaasha.

The delegation’s visit to Makerere University was facilitated by the Ugandan High Commissioner to Nigeria-H.E. Nelson Ocheger who also accompanied the team. H.E. Ocheger thanked the Office of the Vice Chancellor for receiving the delegation on short notice and shared that the visit was based on IBBU’s intention to promote organic agriculture in Nigeria as well as other countries where Nigeria has diplomatic missions.

“I have already informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and other Ministries about IBBU’s intentions. The delegation has also just returned from Iganga where they intend to start a pilot project” shared the High Commissioner.

In his remarks, Prof. Maiturare thanked H.E. Nelson Ocheger for making the contact with Makerere and the acting Vice Chancellor for granting his delegation audience. He shared that although IBBU was state-owned University founded on 12 years ago, it is actively involved in cutting edge research in agriculture and other disciplines. He congratulated Makerere upon the recently concluded 67th Graduation and noted that the almost 15,000 graduands surpassed IBBU’s entire student population!
The IBBU Vice Chancellor-Prof. Muhammad M. Maiturare (L) receives the souvenir Mak Mug from Ag. Vice Chancellor Prof. Edward Kirumira during the courtesy call
He commended the institution for maintaining her number three position in Africa and noted that it was a pleasure for IBBU to interface with Makerere in terms of research as well as the foreseeable staff and student exchanges. “We therefore extend a hand of collaboration to Makerere University and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.

Prof. Edward Kirumira warmly welcomed Prof. Maiturare and the IBBU delegation to Makerere University and shared the Vice Chancellor-Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu’s apologies for not being able to personally meet the team. “The Vice Chancellor is currently away on official duty,” he added.

He commended the High Commissioner and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for facilitating the visit, observing that this would foster Internationalization of the collaboration. “This initiative by the Ministry of Foreign affairs will create ownership of the collaboration and make it easy to bring other Government agencies on board. We look forward to a strong tripartite collaboration” added Prof. Kirumira.

The acting Vice Chancellor further encouraged the IBBU delegation to take advantage of the research already conducted by the Iganga-Mayuge Health and Demographic Surveillance Site (IMHDSS) “a lot of research has been conducted at the household level, which findings will provide a lot of useful information to your pilot project” concluded Prof. Kirumira.

The delegation is slated to visit the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and interface with administrators and researchers. They also expressed interest in interfacing with the leadership of the Actuarial Science programme at Makerere University.

Article by Public Relations Office

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021



A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.

Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;

  • JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
  • Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
  • Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
  • For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
  • Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
  • Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
  • Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
  • In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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