Sh500m budget boost for University of Nairobi

The UoN has come under budget pressure in recent years. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The University of Nairobi (UoN) will receive Sh500 million more for the financial year starting July after parliamentary Budget Committee increased its allocation.

The Treasury in the supplementary budget published earlier allocated Sh194.9 billion for basic, tertiary and higher education. It did not break down how much the university had been apportioned for the next financial year.

The Budget Committee approved a Sh1.7 billion cut last year, a decision that the university appealed stating that its proposal for the year was Sh6.2 billion.

Other public universities did not manage to get as much with Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Moi University receiving an additional allocation of Sh100 million each for their recurrent budgets. Murang’a University received Sh5.4 million more for its development budget.

The UoN has come under budget pressure in recent years. Parliament has not over the years increased its financial allocation despite growth in students enrolment.

A report published by Auditor-General Edward Ouko in January last year placed UoN among 10 other universities in the financial red.

The sorry state of the UoN’s finances was first made public in the special audit report submitted to Parliament. The National Assembly sanctioned the report following a public petition to the House alleging that the university was in a financial crisis and was operating on a deficit of Sh2.6 billion.