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NCDC’s STEPU installs Gas System at Lira University Laboratories

By Patrick Opio

Senior Communications Officer

SIX Laboratories at Lira University have been fitted and filled with gas system by Science and Technology Equipment Production Unit (STEPU), costing a total of shs 168 Million.

STEPU, a department at the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) installed gas system in the labs located at the departments of Biochemistry, Physiology, Physics, Biology, Pharmacology and Chemistry. The facilities were handed over to the University authority on 12th July 2023.

Lira University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jasper Ogwal Okeng lauded NCDC/ STEPU, for ensuring that the work produced meets the required standards. “The labs will definitely foster teaching and learning process at Faculties of Medicine and Education-Basic Sciences,” he said.

Prof. Ogwal Okeng noted that the benefits of a science lab include giving students hands-on experience, formulate their own ideas and fostering curiosity. “The laboratories will encourage creativity among our science and medical students, fostering self-directed learning and help improve memory,” Prof. Ogwal Okeng asserts.

“Labs make students become more focused with better concentration levels,” the VC adds.

The Vice Chancellor hailed the Contractor, NCDC, for beating the deadline of the contract agreement and doing good job. He urged the user departments to plan for maintenance of the labs in their respective annual budgets.

Among others at the handover ceremony were the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Okaka Opio Dokotum, Senior Assistant Secretary, Ms Amongi Lydia, Acting Estates Officer, Denis Okeng, and Acting Head of BioChemistry department, Tom Omute.

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