Authorities of Atongtidi sub-county in Kwania district have announced a move to develop Loka-Anok Island.
Located in Abali village, Goi parish in Atongtidi sub county, Loka-Anok Island was land previously used by residents of Goi parish as community grazing land. However, in 1962 the rising water level from Lake Kwania submerged the land.
The land measuring approximately 10,000 hectares is situated inside Lake Kwania, about 3kms from Abali trading center towards Amolatar District.
Patrick Onyum Okwang, Atongtidi sub-county LCIII chairman says the sub-county plans to develop the island in order to generate local revenue to develop the sub-county.
He appealed to the government and other development partners to support the sub-county in developing the redundant land.
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James Adupa, the Wigweng parish councilor who doubles as the Atongtidi sub-county speaker said the council has already inspected the land, pending recommendations in the subsequent council sitting.
Jimmy Odongo, Acenlworo, the Parish chief explained that on average the sub-county collects between only shillings 7 to 8 million shillings every financial year, something which has retarded development of the area.
However, with the idea of developing the land, Odongo is optimistic this will boost local revenue, hence improving on service delivery.
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Robson Tyang and Loyce Etam, both residents surrounding the island have welcomed the move to develop the island. They appealed to government to establish fish processing factory and a diary project in the land to improve on their households’ income.