- A consultative meeting was later held on April 23rd after the NSSF Managing Director Richard Patrick Byarugaba expressed interest in meeting the club executive in a bid to formulate modalities of how to resume the stalled task
- The partnership between the two entities started on December 29, 2003 when NSSF came in partnership with the club
- After NSSF committed to inject about shs3.6bn into a construction project for a storied structure to act as a hotel and recreational centre at the Club
- The golf ground had been turned into path ways and grazing, became a fertile place for crime as travelers are waylaid with phones snatched and girls raped there
By Richard Adrama
Arua-A stagnated joint venture agreement involving West Nile Golf club hotel between West Nile Golf club and NSSF that hit a snag about a decade ago under unknown circumstances is now on course towards being revamped.
The development emerged after the club executive committee and the board of trustees reached a majority consensus to accept a fresh agreement with the pension institution in a move that will see the two entities enter a joint venture corporate business.
The chairman West Nile Golf club, Jimmy Avutia, says that following a recent consultative meeting held on May 6th 2018 between the club executive committee and two of the senior members of board of trustees, a resolution was unanimously reached to further the agreement.
“Recently we instituted a new executive that was put in place so that we could have this place revamped. But we had challenges of resources that is why the Golf club course had over grown and was not playable for about eight years,” Avutia said.
According to Avutia, the Senior board of Trustees comprised of senior citizen is the ultimate helm of the decision making organ of the club which final decision endorses body.
Board trustees comprises of senior Citizens Rtd Lt. Col Ernest- Obitre Gama, Dr Eric Adriko the chancellor Muni University and Joe Aritua, a prominent senior citizen.
“It was against this background that we resolved to arrange a meeting with officials from NSSF head officers to revive the J.V.A (Joint Venture Agreement) without opening any old wounds if at all they exist,” he said.
The NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba speaking in Arua. Photo by Felix.
In a press briefing at the side lines of the Northern Region Annual Members meeting held at Tropical suite hotel on 24th of April, Byarugaba stressed that NSSF was all out to re-engage the club executive over the incomplete yet vandalized structure so as to revitalize it because the institution had injected heavily on the project.
He explained that there is need to renovate and complete the building to serve as hotel and recreation centre because being workers money, the funds ought to be put to use to realise value for its intended use.
The commitment was inclined condition that West Nile club offered land while NSSF undertook the infrastructure aspect of the of the venture which was later to be entrusted with a managerial committee that would be charged with the e task of overseeing the affairs of the club.
However, following the ensuing scandal that saw the arrest and indictment of its then board chairman Mr Onegi Obel and the flight of Zoe Bakoko Bakoru, the former Gender and social development minister under whose docket the pensions fund fell saw the projects go to the dogs.
In a recent development, the Golf club has made tangible changes to the face of the club as reflected in a Clean and well mowed green golf ground that has largely been fenced.