The Makerere University Directorate of Internal Audit has carried out a further phase out arrangement that will oversee the unit dropping the review of payments up to UGX50milllion effective 1st July 2017. This was revealed during a Stakeholders Workshop on Payment review Mechanism:Internal Controls, Risk Management, Compliance and Governance held on Friday 16th June 2017 in the Main Hall.
According to the Ag. Director, Internal Audit Mr Benson Barigye, the role of the review of payments shall be taken up by the professional accountants and Principals in the respective units at College level. Officially opened by the Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, the Stakeholders Workshop also focused on addressing issues regarding compliance with procurement laws and regulations.
The Vice Chancellor thanked the Directorate of Internal Audit for preparing such an informative workshop when he said, “I am happy to be part of this workshop and I am sure that during its course, we shall be able to understand your take in exiting the pre-audit process and the benefits of the action. I have hope that this system will yield successful result to the institution in terms of managing university finances and accountability.”
Addressing the intent audience at the Stakeholders Workshop, Mr. Barigye said that the action undertaken by the Internal Audit to exit the pre-Payment review process and delegating it to colleges was aimed at creating time for the team in the Directorate to concentrate more on risk-based auditing.
Citing the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF, 2013) and best practices, Mr. Barigye said that Internal Auditors are not permitted to engage in operational issues like pre-audit activities. According to him, this was also backed up by the Makerere University Council’s decision to phase out the pre-audit activities as passed on 1st June 2011.
“With the Council’s decision to phase out the pre-audit activities, we effectively dropped review of payment up to UGX2M, review of accountabilities up to UGX5M and deliveries up to UGX2M. On 1 July, 2014, the threshold of payment review and deliveries were revised to UGX5M. Effective 1 July, 2017, internal audit shall make a further phase out arrangement up to UGX50M,” said Mr. Barigye.
According to the Makerere University Bursar Mr. Augustine Tamale, decentralising payment review will mandate professional accountants together with the College Principals to manage the college/unit financial procedures, monitor their transactions as well as present thoroughly reviewed financial papers.
Mr. Tamale also said that the process will help the respective colleges to think critically and make an informed decision on their financial interests in relation to guidelines of the Internal Audit process, before presenting financial documents for any kind of transaction.
“The colleges must review their financial documents carefully and weed out any inequalities to avoid releasing documents when not sure of their accuracy,” he said
He mentioned that the decentralised review payment will also enable the Internal Audit to have a dual review mechanism. According to the University Bursar, the decentralised review payment will also reduce on the bureaucratic nature of the institution in terms of payment review without making losses.
“We shall have a team of professional accountants who shall work hand in hand with the College Principals to have this work done before sending it to the internal audit. The advantage of this is that once the first reviewer misses out something, it could be easily be realised by the second reviewer,” he said.
In a presentation he made on “Makerere University Payment Reviews”, Mr. Augustine Tamale advised participants on the importance of having a contractual obligations and following legal procedures at each every step of review. “You should also know that you have the mandate to advise the user on the proper management of these financial documents, provide technical support to all units and be sure of the arithmetic accuracy of the document,” he said.
The University Secretary Mr. Charles Barugahare presented the financial and accountability focus of Makerere University for the financial year 2017/2018. Discussing the budget and its reporting and accountability requirements, the University Secretary extended his gratitude to the Government and Parliament of Uganda on behalf of Makerere University for the approved favorable 2017/2018 budget of UGX248bn.
“I am happy that this financial year 2017/2018, the government and the parliament of Uganda approved 248bn leading to an increment of the wage from UGX100.08bn to UGX116.89bn. This financial year the budget also indicates a figure of UGX3.85bn allocated towards arrears. In the last financial year, the university never received any arrears from the Government, I am really grateful for this,” he said.
“He however called upon the university to abide by the reporting and accountability requirements as proposed by the government. “Let us make sure that the Annual, half-yearly accounts and quarterly performance reports are prepared in accordance with the designated due dates, we prepare the Monthly Bank reconciliation for all accounts including projects by the 15th of the following month and get them signed by the responsible people,” he said.
Reiterating the need to manage risks in the auditing department, the head- Procurement and Disposal Unit Mr. Paul Agaba said that the Procurement and Disposal Unit together with the Directorate of Internal Audit should develop a tool on how to manage the financial risks that occur during the auditing process. Discussing the role of procurement in mitigating the risk in the post audit, Agaba said the Internal Audit can adopt the work plan to mitigate the increasing risks in the pre-audits
The workshop was officially closed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Professor Barnabas Nawangwe. In his closing remarks, Prof. Nawangwe called for several related workshops saying that they are professional development platforms that enable the working staff to gain more knowledge and skills.
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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.
But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.
He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.
He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.
So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.
Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.
About the JADS program
The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline. The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.
The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
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