Each State is required to pay annual subscription fees of USD 485,000. The funds facilitate studies that guide countries on how best to preserve the different Lake Victoria species from extinction. The member states include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.
The delayed release of funds by partners states to finance the activities of the Lake Victoria
Fisheries Organization-LVFO has slowed research on East Africa’s largest shared water body. LVFO
mandated to conduct studies on
the different aspects of Lake Victoria with funding
from the subscriber states.
Each State is required to pay annual subscription fees of USD 485,000. The funds facilitate studies that guide countries
on how best to preserve the different Lake Victoria species from extinction. The member states include Uganda,
Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.
However, none of the
partner states has cleared her annual subscription fees this financial year, which has affected attempts
to apply modern technologies to
conduct viable studies about the ever-changing eco systems across Lake Victoria
and how such aspects are impacting the safety of different fish species
within the lake.
Speaking in an interview with URN on Wednesday,
LVFO’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Anthony Taabu, said that only Uganda has managed to pay USD 93,000, which accounts for about 20 per cent of their
annual subscription fees. He says that the
rest of the partner states are still silent. Taabu says that they
are currently incapacitated to pay salaries and utility bills, which is affecting
the smooth operations of the organization.
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Taabu further reveals that LVFO’s target research
areas have since stalled, adding that they
are currently relying on donations from development partners whose funding is
restricted to specific projects.
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LVFO’s Executive Secretary, Shigala Mahongo says that efforts are underway to engage Uganda’s
East Africa Affairs
Minister, Rebecca Kadaga
to ensure that she rallies her counterparts from other partner states to fulfil their mandate.