Lira District COVID-19 Task Force is seeking for 97 million shillings
to fence the gazetted parking space for truck drivers.
In April, the Minister of Trade and Cooperatives put in place stopover centres
for truck drivers in a move aimed at fighting the spread of covid-19. The truck drivers are supposed to rest and refresh at the designated centres
before continuing with their journeys.
The task force identified Adwila Primary School located in
Boroboro parish, Adekokwok Sub County. However, the school administration set
conditions before the place can be operational.
Among the conditions were for the Task Force to fence off the playground,
establish separate toilet facilities for the drivers, set up two water points
and extend power to the school compound.
Milton Odongo, the Lira Resident District Commissioner says that
the facilities are not yet in place due to lack of funds.
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Odongo wants the National COVID-19 Task Force to intervene and
support the construction of the fence.
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During her to the District, the Minister of Health Dr
Jane Ruth Aceng said that the designated area must be fenced to stop contact
between community members and the truck drivers.
While meeting the task force Peter Ogwang, the
State Minister for ICT and National Guidance explained that members of the taskforce should ensure that there is a functional designated place for
the drivers with or without money.
Ogwang also said that the fight against COVID-19 must be a collective
responsibility for everybody instead of relying on the government.
“It’s about our people and it’s about life. If we begin to say everything we
must go to Kampala and we wait for resources to come to implement some of the
things which will help our people, then I think we might be trading in a wrong
area.” He said.