Vincent Okaba, the proprietor of Roke Fuel Station Company that operates across West Nile, wonders why insecurity in the Eastern DRC province of Ituri, has not been curbed, yet many traders have lost their lives while transacting business.
According to them, cost of running business has increased because of poor state of the road networks in the area. Vincent Okaba, the proprietor of Roke Fuel Station in Nebbi district says the although government has embarked on the establishing industrial parks, better road infrastructure network is one of the key pre-requisite to enhance development in the region.
Many of those who struggled to cultivate cotton got as little as 300 kilograms because of the too much rainfall. The rest of the plants were soaked in water and remained of no use to the farmers whose earnings dwindled drastically. During the earlier seasons, the cotton ginnery at Parombo was buying a kilogram of cotton seed a cost ranging between 1,500 and 1,800 Shillings.
A number of activities in the district have been suspended due to challenges of the system. Among the activities that have been suspended in the district include maintenance of a 261 km road network in the financial year 2019/2020 due to poor coding to access UGX 320 million from the Uganda Road Fund URF.
There are three taxi roadside stages now in Nebbi. One is stationed at Arua stage along the Nebbi-Arua road, the Pakwach stage along the Nebbi-Kampala Road and the third one along Nebbi-Paidha Road. But the association has written to the Municipal authorities to demolish all three and compel drivers to return to the park.
Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde wrote to the Nebbi District Leadership in 2011 directing the council to provide a titled land for the establishment of the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project GTLF which will host the International border market.
James Rwothongeyo, the West Nile Regional Manager Cotton Development Organization-CDO advises farmers to desist from selling their harvest to mobile buyers because of the proliferation of the counterfeit currency and fake weighing scales.
The garbage that has not been collected for the past two weeks not only produces a foul smell but also threatens the hygiene of the market and those who use it. On Friday, traders staged a peaceful demonstration protesting the failure by the Municipal
DuJanga says the 3.5WM Nyagak power dam in Zombo district is not producing enough power for the region. He says that the demand for electricity has drastically shot up, amidst the rampant power outages in the region. According to Dujanga, the project funded by World Bank is to ensure that there is reliable power supply in the region.
Up to 24 women groups were selected in Nebbi district to benefit from the fund which is managed by the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development. But Kwiocwiny Paska Manano, the UWEP focal person in the area says that the money was diverted and mismanaged by the beneficiaries.
Jimmy Operi Oyungrwoth, the Nebbi District Finance Planning and Administration Secretary, says they have put in place new strategies to maximize performance by contractors and clients in the coming financial year so to avoid returning unused monies to the treasury. He cautions the contractors against executing shoddy works, saying they risk being denied other contracts.