Sunday, 9 November 2008

Is it a Crack Den?

No. It's the wash room in the Faculty of Food Science and Technology at Makerere, where our enthusiastic International Relations class meets four times a week for evening lectures. Unfortunately anyone who has spent any time on campus will find this photo totally unremarkable. They may be surprised that it comes from one of the newest buildings at the university - built with Norwegian aid money - but the state of disrepair will be sorely familiar. My question is when will students and staff stop accepting the situation? When will it become the exception to find examples of shoddy workmanship, as contractors and their employers scrabble around to 'save' money which consequently disappears.

The university is the flagship institution in Uganda. It is high time for a new civic pride in its appearance and performance which reflects that status.

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