VP ALUPO LAUCHES LEGS PROJECTS IN KATAKWI DISTRICT
Vice President Jessica Alupo, also woman MP- Katakwi District, has launched the construction of three different social-transformational projects geared to improve people’s livelihoods. The three include commissioning of the 20 tonnes Ocorimongin rice mill machine, UGX600m Ocorimongin Market sheds and a UGX 950m Orungo Corner pipe water project. Nineteen similar projects were commissioned across the country.
These interventions are being funded by Islamic Development bank and the Life and Livelihood Fund (LLF) partners as well as Government of Uganda. The Local Economic Growth support project is being implemented by the Ministry of Local Government and it’s designed to give effect to the Decentralisation Policy particularly the 6th objective on LED, the Uganda National Policy for Local Economic Development Policy. It became effective in May 2019, with the first Disbursement received in August 2019.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President Alupo commended the Ministry of Local Government for including Katakwi in the LEGS project. The project in the past has rehabilitated different roads in Katakwi, the Constructed a multipurpose Grain Bulking and storage facility as well as a rice processing plant.
“Today we have commissioned these projects as part of Government’s effort in bringing services closer to her people”, Alupo said, amidst excitement from the locals. “We, in turn, should do our best to reduce poverty in our household by doing a number of things like practicing modern agriculture, fish farming, poultry farming among others, but also, take children to school because government has already paid school fees for primary and secondary through the Universal Education”, said Alupo, as she urged Parents to support children with food, books, pens and pencils, uniforms.
In his speech for the triple launch, the Minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi said his Ministry had adopted smoother recommendations to Procurement and the disbursement of Rural Finance to Communities in all the
10 core districts supported with economic infrastructure and seven (7) districts, supported with Revolving Micro-Finance.
The Project seeks to increase the incomes of small rural farmers who constitute 39% of Uganda’s population, by boosting agricultural production and productivity,” said Magezi.
Assumpta Tibamwenda who represented the Permanent Secretary Ministry of local Government said the ocorimongin rice mill will take 2 million tones of rice when it starts running. She asked the district to operate and maintain the projects effectively.
The MP Usuk County-Bosco Okiror expressed his gratitude to the ministry of Local Government for the projects being implemented by Local Economic growth support. “Water is life
Thank you for relieving us of the stress of water scarcity”, he said.
By; Joan Uwamaria, PR Assistant