The Permanent Secretary Ministry Education and Sports Alex Kakooza on Monday signed contracts worth billions of shillings for civil works to be done at Uganda Technical College Bushenyi, Nyamitanga Vocational Technical Institute and Karera Vocational Technical Institute.
The development is part of Uganda Skills Development Project (USDP), 70million dollar loan project.
While signing the contracts, Kakooza cautioned the contractors about doing good quality work within a stipulated span.
“We expect that you will put all your efforts on our project because we have already lost time so we must catch up on the time, and that means that you people who have won these contracts must do what we expect from you. Make sure you do a good job, do it in time,” said Kakooza to contractors.
“We shall be looking at not only the quality but also speed. Kindly make sure you do your work in time. Don’t go below the specifications we have set.”
He added that the work will not only be supervised by the technical team of the Ministry but also outsiders with tremendous expertise in construction.
The Ministry, he said, could revoke the provisions of the contract in a case of shoddy work.
“If you don’t perfom in time, we shall charge you the liquidated damages.”
Under the project, the Ministry is also required to do works in four centers of excellence around the country and these include Elgon Technical College, Bushenyi Technical College, Lira Technical College and Bukalasa Agricultural College.
Since the project is aimed at changing the way skilling is done in this country and to produce graduates relevant to the needs of industry, some of the works outlined in the project include curriculum, retooling of instructors, construction works, accreditation and certification of the institutions.
The Ministry top technocrat noted that they have taken longer than they should have taken to begin the project and added that they are concerned about the feasibility of the project.
“We had issues of the design of the project, we needed to train and we needed to know what training was. Before training you can’t know the curriculum, before you know curriculum you can’t know the kind of infrastructure you need to design. All those kept us behind but now we are happy that we are signing off the first contracts,” he said.