Butula Professionals Unite To Push For Establishment Of A Public University

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Professionals and scholars from Butula constituency Busia  county have come together to push for the establishment of a public university in the area.

They have called on government to facilitate and fast track the process  which they say will  improve levels of education in the area.

In a consultative meeting held in Nairobi, they resolved to push for the elevation of the Benga educational centre a constituent college of Masinde Muliro university in the area to a full fledged university.

Led by the area member of parliament Joseph Oyula and former Busia deputy governor Kizito Wangalwa,  the professionals vowed to mobilize funds to be used in the improvement of infrastructure at Benga thus changing its image and status.

Addressing the press after the meeting, the Butula Member of parliament  said the team was committed  on development of Benga  University and other institutions  of higher learning across the constituency.

He  noted that enrolment at the Benga education centre had gone up in the last three years and thus qualifying the institution for upgrade to a full fledged university.

“Today’s meeting has opened up our minds and thinking as professionals and we are fully committed to ensure we have a public university at Benga. People of Butula expect us to deliver this institution and we will knock any door that will make this a reality” Said the Butula MP.

He added, “ we have been supporting those in the institution with bursaries and we are going to improve  on the same to increase the uptake,”.

Oyula pledged to support the institution through his constituency kitty calling  on parents in his constituency and beyond to enroll more  children at the centre.

Former Busia deputy governor Kizito Wangalwa said the establishment of the university will be a game changer towards improvement of both economic and intellectual well-being  of the community.

Wangalwa said there was need to speed up the process of establishment and development of the university to enable locals access education at low cost by easily commuting from home.

“This is a great idea from great minds from Busia, we want to see this effected very soon so that our sons and daughters can have access to higher learning institutions without burdening their parents with much  costs, and this we will achieve.

His sentiments were shared by lawyer Simon Namada who said “ Our target is to have an institution of higher learning that is basically driven and  modeled to serve the people of Busia and beyond, an institution where our young people can access education with little hustle by either walking or riding bicycle for lectures,”.

Dr. Mercia Sirera called on all other stakeholders to join the professionals in the quest to improve living standards and economic well-being of Busia.

A taskforce committee led by Professor Christine Mango is tasked to spearhead the process of lobbying  the government to actualize the plan. 

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