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Mak to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Waste

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“Public waste awareness is key to successful waste management,” remarked the Dean of Students, Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe who was representing the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at the closing ceremony of the Waste Awareness Week held on Friday 6th October 2017.

Mr. Kabagambe added that waste results from human activities and everyone needs to have proper understanding of how to manage it. “Issues of waste can be a havoc to the environment if not handled well. Therefore, we have to take on the mantle to ensure proper waste management,” he said.

The Waste Awareness Week (2nd to 6th October 2017) under the theme, “Sustainable Waste Management at Makerere University,” was organized by the Sustainability Program- Department of Planning and Development at Makerere University in partnership with Sustainability Lab at Bangor University in the UK.

The Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Dr. Eria Hisali challenged the student leaders to analyze the views received from students during the Waste sensitization week. He tasked the student leaders to present the views to the Makerere Universityy Management Consultative Forum in order to incorporate them within the activities of the University.

“I appreciate the collaborative partnership between Makerere University and Bangor University and I believe it should be given room to grow. Therefore, we should take it forward providing specific roles of different stakeholders in mainstreaming of the waste management campaign in the activities of the University,” Dr. Hisali emphasized.Participants take part in sorting garbage near Mitchel Hall

In an interview with the Coordinator of the Sustainability Programme, Ms Pamela Matovu remarked that proper waste disposal within and out of the University is everyone’s role and contribution towards the wellbeing of the institution and the environment.

The Town Clerk Kawempe Division, Mr. Geoffrey Rwakabale expressed his gratitude towards the collaborative relationship between Makerere University and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). He said he would continue to support waste management and environmental conservation programs in the University.

During the Waste Awareness Week several activities took place which include: displaying of placards with awareness message and pictures at the Western and Eastern Gates, social media campaign at Mary Stuart and Africa Hall, picking of litter at University Hall, Nsibirwa Hall as well as litter collection and sorting at Mitchell Hall.

Also, the students of Makerere University Waste Management Association (MUWMRA) organized an exhibition at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences focusing on the 3R approach towards waste management and environmental conservation. Focusing on the 3R approach of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle waste, several students exhibited a number of waste-recycled items /products such as an eco-house made from plastic, eco-seats made from tyres, eco-shoes that were used as flower pots. The students also showcased Ear rings, bow ties and puff holders made from used clothes, shopping baskets made from plastics and a straw fan made from used straws.

Makerere University Waste Management Research Association (MUWMRA) believes in the 3R of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as the basic approach towards proper waste management and environmental conservation. I commend fellow students who have come up with eco-friendly products that have been exhibited during the Awareness Week,” said Nasasira Emmanuel, the President (MUWMRA).Coordinator of the Sustainability Programme, Ms Pamela Matovu (Centre) speaking at the close of the waste awareness week

During the exhibition, one of the students, Kwagala Cissy Irene, demonstrated that not all waste is waste by making earrings, puff holders and bow ties from used clothes. She said that her ability to make and sell a few of these products made from waste benefits the community at large.

Sustainable Waste Management is an action towards combating climate change. This is in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 of ‘Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns,’ focusing on target 5 that states, ‘By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Throughout the entire week, a number of ideas were received from staff and students, which will further inform the Waste Management processes at the University.Students listen to officials from Department of Planning and Development, Dean of Students, KCCA, and Directorate of Estates.

Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, the Director of Planning and Development Department appreciated the Sustainability Program at Makerere University, Sustainability Lab at Bangor University in UK, Makerere University Estates and Works Department, KCCA, MUWMRA, the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Research of the 83rd Students’ Guild and the Management of Makerere University for supporting and participating in the 2017 Waste Awareness campaign.

Writer: Marion Apio, Volunteer, MAK Public Relations Office
Editor: Ritah Namisango, MAK Public Relations Office

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021

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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.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors

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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.

Eligibility

  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]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug 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.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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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

RE: CLOSURE OF 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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