- The direct beneficiaries of six sub projects which are government facilities is 5620 of host population targeting pupils, students and patient
- The indirect refugee population of 18,450 also benefits from the services of the facilities or subprojects
- These projects includes the Construction of 01 Science block and student’s dormitory block at Itula and construction of Mortuary at Obongi health centre IV and construction of 4 classroom blocks at primary schools
- In Adjumani, the first phase will include construction of an outpatient department at Openzizi health center three, supply delivery and installation of lightening protection, installation of 10,000liters capacity stainless steel water harvesting tank and a solar power unit at the cost of Shs 400 million
By Metedio Iceta
West Nile- The government of Uganda has launched a Shs 5.8billion project to benefit the communities of Moyo and Adjumani districts.
The project was launched under the under Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP), that is geared towards enhancing environmental protection, providing social services and improving on the economic activities.
During the launch of the project, the project, Mr Alex Chelimo, the chief administrative officer said in the financial year 2017/18, the district received Shs 1.6 billion for the implementation of six approved community project and operations funds to support the generation of subproject and operations of office.
“All the funds to subproject have been transferred and operational funds utilized and accounted for. The level of implementation of the project is satisfactory and technical staff members have dedicated their time in the support of the community groups and this resulted into the successful completion of procurement process and execution of the works up to 55 percent with very minimal challenges,” Mr Chelimo said.
Although Chelimo said there were minimal challenges, the Obongi County MP, Mr Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, said there was need for transparency and accountability that should be done for the communities in order to have value for money.
Gen Moses Ali hands over Certificates to one of the contractors. Photo by Metedio Iceta
Dr Robert Limlim, the officer in charge of the Programme in the office of the Prime Minister said this is a five year project that is being implemented under the office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
The project is underwritten by a $ 50 million IDA loan from the world bank and was declared effective on 29th June, 2017. “The development objective of the DRDIP is to improve access to basic social services, expand economic opportunities and enhance environment management in the refugee hosting districts and communities,” Dr Limlim said.
Gen Moses Ali, the first deputy Prime Minister of Uganda said in the last 20 years the Northern Uganda region had suffered war and it has bad impact on the people. “We are now behind 10 years to cater for development in the country because of the war and it is now easier because the country is general peaceful that is why you can travel at any time as you choose”, he said.
The State Minister for Northern Uganda, Ms Grace Kwiyocwiny, said there was need to guard against misuse of the funds.