Parliamentary Committee Lauds URSB for its Stellar Performance

URSB Registrar General, Bemanya Twebaze

Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) has been commended by the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs for its stellar performance.

The House committee noted that URSB is one of the government agencies posting outstanding performance and therefore deserves all the support from Parliament.

The observation was made last week by committee Chair, MP Jacob Oboth Oboth while he interfaced with the team from URSB. The team was led by the Deputy Registrar General –Finance & Administration, Alfred Mugisha.

“You are one of the shining stars in the list of government agencies. Your performance is outstanding and we would like to thank you for the good work. We are quite impressed with the reports from URSB,” said Jacob Oboth Oboth.

Other Committee members re-echoed the Chairperson’s views, adding that URSB is on the right course and therefore deserved the support of Parliament to move forward.

The MPs also said they were impressed with the turn-around of services and continued growth of mandate.

The legislators were receiving URSB’s Budget Framework Paper for FY 2020/21 which was presented by the Deputy Registrar General -Registries, Jane Okot P’Bitek Langoya.

The URSB team presented their report that highlighted key performance areas, challenges, as well as the institution’s priorities for the next Five years.

“We believe with your support as Parliament, together with the Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development, we will be to have our funding gaps plugged, giving us even better platforms to grow our Non Tax Revenue collections in addition to increasing our service coverage across the country,” said Langoya.

She added that URSB would fully cooperate with Parliament and furnish it with all the information it required to support their plea for adequate funding.

“Mr Chairman, we believe if we are granted more funding to cover our automation strategy, recruit additional staff since our staff structure is only 58% filled, we will be able to perform better than we already are. We ask that you look into this”.

Langoya told the Committee that the Bureau needed Shs 15.738 billion to enhance productivity and promote expansion to provide nationwide services.

“For example, implementation of the URSB All-Digital-All-Online strategy to have all services e-based requires 3billion shillings” she said.

The URSB team also presented the unfunded priorities which included operationalization of the approved Human Resource Structure to improve the staffing level that currently stands at only 58%, and the  implementation of the URSB All-digital-All Online drive to have all services e-based

Other priorities are: establishment of additional One-Stop Shops across the country, continuous staff capacity building to cope with progress in technology, rolling out of electronic marriage registration systems to significantly improve formalization of marriages, and establishment of the Geographical Indications Registry.

The committee Chairperson said the committee will invite the Ministry of Finance together with URSB and agree on how we can get these issues funded.

The URSB Deputy Registrar General, Alfred Mugisha pointed out that URSB had grown its budget from Shs 2.3 bn in FY 2010/2011 to Shs 25bn in 2019/2020.

He added that the agency’s Non Tax Revenue (NTR) had grown tremendously from Shs 5.8 bn in 2010/2011 to Shs 56.3 bn in FY 2018/2019.

Committee member, MP Abdu Katuntu told the Committee Members that Uganda had one of the best Companies Act globally and that he was happy URSB was doing a great job at formalizing the economy.

The Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is mandated by Parliament to over-see the activities and programmes of the select government Departments and Institutions including the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs under which the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) falls.

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