Lira Wants PRDP III To Address Household Poverty

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Residents and leaders in Lira say the previous Peace, Recovery and Development Plan phases have focused more on infrastructure development.

The people of Lira are demanding that the third phase of Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP III) should focus on household wealth creation. Residents and leaders in the district say the previous PRDP programmes have focused more on infrastructure, and it is time to deal with household poverty.
Bosco Okullu, a war survivor of the Barlonyo attack wants PRDP III to emphasize direct economic transformation of beneficiaries.

Judith Apio, a mother of four in Amach sub-county says phase three of the project should focus more on the promotion of maternal health and reducing household poverty.

The Executive Director, African Youths Initiative who is also the UN Peace Ambassador for Africa, Victor Ochen is hopeful that PRDP III will also help promote livelihoods of the war survivors in the region.

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Ochen says the program should be used to boost agricultural production in the district to ensure the local people have enough food and can produce for the market.

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Lira District Council Speaker, Martin Ocen Odyek suggests the money in the programme should be put into village Savings Associations and Credit Cooperative Organisations to promote the financial status of beneficiaries.

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Both Dokolo LC 5 chairman, John Baptist Okello Okello and his Alebtong counterpart, David Kennedy Odongo support the view that the programme should be used to help households engage in money making activities.
State Minister for Northern Uganda, Rebecca Amuge Otengo says the president has directed that PRDP III should directly cause effective financial impact on beneficiaries and improve on the household wealth. She however adds that the programme will continue promoting reconciliation among residents in Northern Uganda.

PRDP III will be implemented in 56 districts from Teso, Elgon, West Nile, Bunyoro, Lango and Bukedi regions.

PRDP is a government programme started in 2007 to foster reconstruction and development of the war-ravaged Northern Uganda, following the Lord's Resistance Army activity in the region.


About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.