- The UNHCR vehicle is related to the implementation of environment torn repair and conservation activities in 2019
- The motorcycle is a supplement to the effort of the district. So, it’s a minor contribution and if put in good use, the impact will show
By Elema Robert
Yumbe- Yumbe district production and environment sectors have received new brand vehicles and motorcycles to address the issue of transport for effective service delivery.
One of the vehicles and a motorcycle donated by UNHCR was allocated for environment sector and Sub County CDO meanwhile the other vehicle and 8 motorcycles for the production sector was donated by ministry of Agriculture under Agriculture cluster development project with funding from World Bank.
While handing over the vehicles and the motorcycles at the district headquarters on Friday, Rashid Kawawa the production officer said the transport facilities are meant for the Agriculture cluster development project program that has been initiated newly in the district.
He said since they have 13 Sub Counties, it would be the 8 Sub Counties benefiting from the motorcycles but the 5 remaining Sub Counties will benefit later.
“The Sub Counties that missed out should be patient because we have a plan to look for resources within our extension grants to buy at least two motorcycles every year so that we fill the gap. In addition to the equipment, the president also launched a policy document, guideline and a whole farmer registration booklet that will be placed at the parish to register all farmers and track them,” he said.
“The idea of giving this is to facilitate extension and advisory services provision by the extension workers. We urge you to put it to good use and use them for the intended purpose to transform farmers.”
Jafar Akasio the head of UNHCR Yumbe sub-office said the stakeholders should take the procurement of the transport facilities as a positive development that will impact both the refugees and the host community because they share the same resources.
“Since the refugees came, most of our activities were focusing on life saving like providing shelter, food, water and all that could sustain life immediately upon arrival but we realise that in the process, the environment has been seriously impacted and it’s high time that we start investing in the environment that was impacted by the presence of the refugees,” he said.
“This year, we would like to see a more active and responsive environment department that would coordinate an ambitious program we have for 2019 which is the planting of over one million trees in the district.”
Silimani Jalwiny the Chief administrative officer said the office of the CAO is the custodian of all the property of the local government.
“Chief administrative officer ensures proper use, proper keeping and maintenance of all the property in the district. According to the circular and the guidance I received, the Toyota double cabin Hilux goes to the Agricultural officer and the landcruiser vehicle goes to environment and all the 9 motorcycles are going to the Sub Counties so there is need for other officers to take charge of these transport facilities,” he said.
“I want to emphasize that the Sub County officials should share the motorcycles other than limiting it to only one person. Chairpersons shouldn’t hijack these new motorcycles but they should continue using their old motorcycles as I do with my old vehicle.”
Jalwiny said the officers should use the facilities for government pograms and maintain them regularly but warned that any officer whom they shall catch using the motorcycles for going to drinking joints, shall face it rough.
Richard Andama the resident district commissioner said the procurement of the facilities is a good gesture from the government and UNHCR to the district and by this, gaps have already been closed.
“We are all aware of climate change all over in the region. Virtually we have not seen a droplet of rainfall here in the district so it’s really a disaster to us and we are all aware that we are going for extensive afforestation in the district which is a good gesture,” he said.