- The two ordinances were passed by the previous district council four years ago
- The implementation of the food and nutrition ordinance is also reportedly delayed due to lack of funds for community sensitization
By Atiku Robert
Maracha- The district local government is facing hardships to implement two ordinances of education, food and nutrition over alleged lack of funds.
The intention of the ordinances was to help stamp out practices that negatively affect education and food production and usage in the district.
James Batia the acting Leader of government business and Secretary Finance for Maracha district Local government said: “These two ordinances were drafted and approved by the district council four years ago but their implementation has stagnated. If enforced, the ordinances would help to end the cases of rampant night markets here and regulate practices that affect education in this district.”
There are rampant cases of night markets, sale of food crops, night disco dances, absenteeism and early school dropout among learners in Maracha district, which the two ordinances are meant to eradicate.
Julius Aguta the male councilor representing Workers in Maracha district council said: “Last week, I was in Zombo. I visited the Sub Counties of Atiak, Jangokoro and Zeu. There you can’t find people in the market past five in the afternoon. But here in Maracha we don’t control people.”
Patrick Dramadri Maracha district Youth chairman alleged that the political wing of the district is deliberately delaying the enforcement of the ordinances for fear that their implementation could cost them politically.
“The district political wing is trying to run away from responsibilities. They are looking at these ordinances as political miscalculation because it is nearing towards election period.”
According to section 38, clause one of the Local Government Act, a district council shall have powers to make laws not inconsistent with the Constitution or any other law made by Parliament which power shall be exercised by the passing of local bills into ordinances by the council and signed by the chairperson.
Peter Madira the LC III chairman of Oleba Sub County said such ordinances are very useful because they guide the lives of people and promote healthy living.
Geoffrey Afimani the area Councillor for Oluffe Sub County put the relevant Secretaries for Social services and Production to task as to what is causing delays in enforcement of the ordinances.
“The district council resources have already been used in drafting of these ordinances. It will be wastage of such resources if the ordinances don’t take root. I request the concerned secretaries to explain the delays in implementation of these important ordinances,” Afimani said.
Bako Judith, the Social services Secretary and female councilor representing youth said arrangements are pipeline to sensitise the community about the Education ordinance before it will be finally enforced.
“We agreed in our previous meeting that we are going to have the ordinance sensitization in the third quarter which we are in right now. But I want to promise to you that the district is going through the warranting of third quarter monies. And the DEO is already laying a requisition for the sentisation of this ordinance.”
Asked whether the two ordinances can be implemented together, Francis Govule, the Social services committee chairperson and male councilor for youth said: “We have our own budget as social services committee for the implementation of education ordinance. And the committee for production have their own budget for the implementation of food and nutrition ordinance. So, I request that the committee looks into how they can allocate funds to implement the food and nutrition ordinance.”
Adrian Drakana the Deputy Speaker Maracha district said, “These ordinances were at the time of the former council and the current council has not been briefed. This really needed time for them to go through. So, we cannot implement what we are not aware of.”