Attiak Sub County leaders in Amuru district will prioritize the protection
of the environment in the next five years.
The sub-county is among the areas hit most by environmental degradation through
indiscriminate tree cutting for charcoal and logs.
Parts of the sub-county especially Okidi East and North parishes harbours
hundreds of the illegal loggers and charcoal dealers who have over the few
years indiscriminately destroyed more than 100 acres of tree cover especially
the endangered species.
The previous leadership of Attiak Sub County has however been faulted for fueling
the illicit business with the intentions to generate local revenues through
fines and taxes.
Samuel Akera the Sub County Chairperson says that they will tirelessly ensure
that the indiscriminate tree cutting and forest destruction is completely
stopped during their office tenures.
Akera says that they will constitute a team of local vigilantes to report the
illicit businesses when taking place in their areas for a quick response.
He added that the council also intends to undertake massive community
sensitization on the dangers of tree cutting and values of trees as well as the
need for tree planting.
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He further explained that they will engage the technocrats, community members
and civil servants to reenergize their fights against environmental
Relating to raising local revenues from tree products, Akera noted that the
council through its committees will design modalities to raise revenues apart
from relying on tree products.
On Wednesday Akera started his duties by visiting the most devastated areas in
Okidi and engaging the local leadership of Palaro Sub County in Gulu district
which borders his sub-county.
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Richard Ayella Attiak Sub County Speaker said that he will use his
powers to ensure that the council sets regulations that protect the environment
from destruction and heavy punishment for offenders under the law.
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Both Michael Lakony the Amuru district chairperson and Geoffrey Osborn Oceng
the Amuru Resident District Commissioner have tasked the new district
leadership to fight against environmental destruction.
The new commitment by the leadership to protect the environment has also gone
well with authorities of the National Forestry Authority (NFA) Aswa River
Jimmy Ouna, the Aswa River Range Manager rooted for
sensitization to create awareness on the dangers of tree cutting.
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Xavier Ssekanabo, an officer from the Environmental Police Protection Unit says
that containing the illicit business is challenging due to the lack of
cooperation from the local government who look at it as an alternative source
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
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