- The construction of the industrial park that is expected to attract people from South Sudan and DRCongo, the construction is scheduled to start this financial year
- Koboko district local government with six Sub Counties, approved a budget of Shs 24-billion this financial year up from Shs 14 billion in the FY 2017/18
- The local government is focusing on job creation, revenue enhancement and social service improvement
By Our Reporter
Koboko- The locals and district leaders are ready to tap into the job opportunities and income after the construction of Industrial Park at Uganda-South Sudan border.
Addressing the press in Koboko offices recently, the LCV Chairman, Mr Nginya Hassan said the development will address the flow of local low revenue collection and creation of jobs to the youth who form a huge percentage of the population.
He said the five-year development plan will promote trade and commerce with the two countries. The strategic location of the town, commonly known as Salia musala has created huge opportunities for growth of cross border trade.
But the war in South Sudan has affected the cross border trade where Oraba, that is one of the busiest border has been rendered idle for about a year. The insecurity has led to loss of revenue for the local government and Uganda government.
He says the already existing good trade relationship between Uganda, DR Congo and South Sudan is a driving factor to create more jobs and enhance revenue collection for improved service delivery.
The LCV Chairman of Koboko Mr Nginya Hassan speaking to the press. Photo by Felix
Meanwhile Simon Todoko, the district secretary for production and marketing attributes the low morale in implementation of government programmes to persistent low budgetary allocation to local governments to the central government.
He adds that high staff turnover also remains a challenge as key technical staff leave or are transferred before implementing planned activities.
According to Simon Alonga the deputy Chief Administrative Officer Koboko, activities of all local governments are guided by policies, which cannot be compromised.
He says any short falls as a result of low funding by the center are covered through interventions of development partners who continue to play important role in local governments.