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World Bank Mission Assesses UGX 3.1Bn Refugees Livelihood Projects in Lamwo :: Uganda Radionetwork
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World Bank Mission Assesses UGX 3.1Bn Refugees Livelihood Projects in Lamwo

While addressing the Lamwo district authorities and project contractors at the district headquarters, the World Bank Mission Development Specialist Mission Stephen Ajalu, said that they are impressed by the progress of the works.
The World Bank Mission assessing status of road works in Kitgum municipality. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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The World Bank Mission in Uganda is impressed by the progress of development towards the creation of social cohesion and economic sustainability between the refugees and host communities activities in the Lamwo district.  

The World Bank Mission on Monday assessed the status of works progress on the projects for the construction of a Community Resource Centre at Lamwo Town Council and a market at Lagot Opuk in Palabek Ogili Sub County.

  

The projects which are valued at three billion and one hundred million shillings (3.1 billion shillings) are being funded by the World Bank through the Uganda Support for Infrastructural Development (USMID).  

According to the contractual design, the Community Resource Centre once completed will have a main block with a community hall having a 150-seating capacity, a library, offices, and a boardroom.

It will also provide water and power connections to the national grid. 

  

The Market at Lagot Opuk will contain a clinic, offices, store, breastfeeding room, 18 lockups, 32 stalls, a waste collection area, and mechanical and electrical installations among other infrastructures.  

While addressing the Lamwo district authorities and project contractors at the district headquarters, the World Bank Mission Development Specialist Mission Stephen Ajalu, said that they are impressed by the progress of the works.

The team noted that once completed, the projects will create many social impacts including economic sustainability of the host communities and refugees, create employment, increase social cohesion as well as peaceful coexistence.   

Sheila Naturinda, the Communication Specialist of USMID said the projects are intended to create social cohesion and harmony between the refugees and host communities by bringing them together. 

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Leonard Akena, the Lamwo district USMID Coordinator told the mission that work done at the market is already at 70%while the resource center is at 45%.   

He is optimistic that all the works will be completed within the March 2023 stipulated deadline in the contract and handed over to the district for use.

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Martin Onyach Olaa, the Senior Urban Specialist at World Bank, however, advised the contractors to pay attention to social safety and environmental impact assessment as well as engaging the local communities. 

  

Lamwo District Chief Administrative Officer, James Okumu Bedijo, committed to ensuring that all works are done within the stipulated guidelines.  

The team also inspected the progress of road works in Kitgum Municipality being funded under the same project.   

The project works started in July this year and are expected to be completed by March 2023.

Lamwo district hosts about 53,600 refugees and asylum seekers mainly from South Sudan, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).