Incomplete Tasks Ruin End of Livelihoods Programme in Northern Uganda

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In short
The project which started in 2010, focused on the restoration of the productive capacity of farmers, and strengthening linkages to agricultural service provision in terms of advice, supplies, processing and access to rural finance. It runs up to November 30th 2014.

Northern Uganda Leaders are appealing for the completion of ongoing projects under the Northern Uganda Agricultural Livelihoods Recovery Program- ALREP which will be winding up in two weeks.

The Euro 20 million programmes is an initiative of the government of Uganda, funded by the European Union to rebuild the lives and resilience of people affected by conflict in northern Uganda. It operated in 15 districts in the Acholi, Lango and Teso sub regions.

The project which started in 2010, focused on the restoration of the productive capacity of farmers, and strengthening linkages to agricultural service provision in terms of advice, supplies, processing and access to rural finance. It runs up to November 30th 2014.

But Beatrice Arach, the Gulu ALREP coordinator says that although they will end in two weeks times, there are still ongoing construction projects that may not meet the deadline.

These include; two office blocks under construction in Agago and Lamwo, a slaughter slab, 2 stance pit latrines and fencing in Apac district, construction of 8 market sheds, water harvesting facilities, lockable stalls in Oyam district and 4 markets sheds, water harvesting facilities, 5 VIP latrines, lockable storage facilities all under construction  in Bungatira sub county Gulu district.

Arach says these will be left to the districts for completion.

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Peter Odok W'Oceng, the Agago district chairperson says that the districts cannot afford to complete the works because of financial constraints.  He demands that the European Union and the Office of the Prime Minister strategize to get the work done in order to make the initial investments meaningful to the population.
 
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But Reint J Bakema, a technical advisor with OPM is optimistic that the contractors will deliver under pressure within the remaining two weeks since all of them were aware of the November 30th deadline.

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But Simon Mayende, the director of information and National guidance under the office of the prime minister says that the government will endeavor to ensure that the projects do not stall because ALREP has closed. He adds that some of the contractors who failed to deliver will be cautioned or blacklisted.

Mayende says that some of the contractors who have not completed their works will be blacklisted while others will be cautioned.
 
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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.