By Candia Stephen
Arua-Members of Parliament on the committee of Government Assurance have decried the appalling state of a government aided Inde technical institute and Rhino camp cotton ginnery in Rhino Camp Sub County Arua district.
During an onsite visit to the facilities on Thursday, the leader of opposition in parliament and MP Kasese Municipality Winnie Kizza, who led a delegation of MPs expressed worry over the decay of Inde technical institute, saying the people working there deserve to be Heroes.
“We are saddened by the state of such a government facility, which is supposed to be a model for skilling the youth in such a hard to reach place,” said Winnie.
Ms Winnie Kizza at Inde Technical Institute. All Photos
The deputy principal of the institute, Charles Andrua, said because of inadequate funds, they were forced to close the institute two weeks earlier.
He revealed that the dilapidated structures, lack of power, broken down vehicles, lack of computers, inadequate tools and equipment, inadequate staff, dwindling funds from government to support the institute among other challenges are hindering effective service delivery at the school.
However the area councilor Hamza Manzu said during the general elections of 2016, president Museveni while campaigning in Ogoko Sub County pledged to upgrade the institute and provide more funding but to date nothing has been done.
“We are pleading to the president to fulfill his promise of revamping the only technical institute in the whole of Madi and I urge the team of MPs to remind the president,” Hamza said.
Inde technical institute located over 70 Kms from Arua town in Degia village lower Madi currently has 187 students in year one, two and three down from over 250 last year and 33 staff. It was established in 1985 by Obote II government.
Part of the ginnery.
The MPs also expressed shock at the decaying state of the Rhino Camp Ginnery, which used to be a center for cotton processing and export in northern Uganda.
Ibrahim Semujju Nganda the MP for Kiira Municipality said: “There is a lot in the country that the government needs to answer to the people.”
The MPs expressed concern over what they call ‘the state of affairs of government facilities that when revamped would create jobs to thousands of youth in the country.