The Minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi launched the Induction Programme for Councillors of the new Cities and selected Municipal Councils on Monday at Gulu University, Gulu City.
The Official Launch was attended by the Gulu City Mayor, Councillors, the Town Clerk and Facilitators from the Ministry of Local Government and the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) Program.
The Hon. Minister facilitated a topic on the Principles, Pillars, advantages and challenges of the Decentralisation Policy. He challenged the Councillors to take their oversight role seriously, arguing that their main responsibility is to monitor the implementation of Government Programmes. He further directed the Town Clerk Moses Otimong, to allocate resources for the Councillors to monitor Government Programmes.
The Induction Programme was organised by the Ministry of Local Government with Support from the USMID Programme. The Induction Program will cover the 10 Cities of Arua, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Mbale, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, Hoima and Fortportal as well as the 12 USMID supported Municipalities of Moroto, Tororo, Kabale, Entebbe, Kitgum, Kasese, Kamuli, Mubende, Busia, Apac, Ntungamo and Lugazi.
The Induction Programme covers areas such as Decentralisation and the Local Government System, Communication and Public Speaking, Management of Council and the Rules of Procedure, Legislation and Recent Legal and Policy Reforms, Planning, Budgeting and Financial Management, The Parish Development Model, Urbanisation and Physical Planning among others. By the end of the Induction Program, it is expected that Councillors, 85% of whom are new, will be empowered to provide oversight in monitoring and supervising Government Programs, engaging in productive debates for Lawful Council Resolutions and avoid causing costly litigations for Councils.