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The Committee also agreed that all district local governments should plan and budget for operations and maintenance of all facilities in place to ensure sustainability and functionality.
These recommendations among others were reached on Friday, during the 3rd PRDP monitoring committee meeting under PRDP 2 held at the Office of the President, conference hall.
PRDP monitoring committee members include Sector Ministers, Members of Parliament, Development Partners, District chairpersons and Resident District Commissioners from the PRDP region among others.
Prime Minister Mbabazi who chairs the PRDP monitoring Committee, on behalf of Government, pledged its commitment to continue consolidating the peace that has been achieved in Northern Uganda and Karamoja.
Mbabazi said Government is focused on ensuring that Northern Uganda and Karamoja reaches the same level of development with the rest of the country.
“I am delighted to report that transparency and accountability at every level of action have greatly improved across government due to the various measures that have been put in place to provide for better financial management,” Mbabazi said.
He acknowledged the challenge of unemployment and under employment especially among the youth, saying Government is now focused on producing a skilled work force relevant to the labour market in addition to investing heavily in infrastructure development and industrialization to create more jobs.
He challenged District leaders to seriously address the issues of ghost pupils especially in UPE schools and land conflicts in their respective districts.
The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni highlighted the achievements made in Karamoja over the last five years which include: sustained peace, security and stability; water for production, household food security and improved household incomes.
Other achievements are in the areas of Education and school feeding program, cattle branding and resettlement of street children.
“Let me remind all of us that the confidence that Ugandans have bestowed on the NRM Government, should inspire and compel us to work hard tirelessly and selflessly to deliver concrete results to our people,” said the Karamoja Minister.
The Minister of State for Northern Uganda, Rebecca Amuge Otengo, Minister of state for Teso, Christine Amongin Aporu and Minister of state for Bunyoro, Ernest Kiiza all presented to the committee progress made in their respective sub-regions as far as the implementation of PRDP is concerned.
There is consensus from the PRDP region that the successor programme to PRDP 2 should focus more on improving household incomes and commercialization of agriculture for wealth creation in Northern Uganda.
They also want PRDP funds to be ring fenced and protected from budget cuts. The Development Partners are expected to re-align their interventions to the PRDP framework.
USAID Uganda Mission Director and Chair of Northern Uganda group, Leslie Reed on behalf of Development Partners expressed their commitment to fully contribute to the recovery and development of Northern Uganda.
Dr. Sam Okuonzi, the Chairperson of Greater North Parliamentary Forum and the LCV Chairperson for Arua district, Sam Wadri Nyakua on behalf of the district Chairpersons, both applauded PRDP for transforming Northern Uganda.
They expressed concern about the restocking programme with a budget of 20 billion shillings this financial year, urging that it should be extended to Bukedi, Elgon and Sebei sub-regions because they were also affected by the conflict.
Some of the notable challenges that have affected PRDP implementation include; low absorption of released funds leading to return of money to the treasury at the end of the financial year and frequent rolling over of projects across financial years.
District officials attribute these challenges to lack of adequate technical staff due to the ban on recruitment by the Ministry of Public service which they want lifted to improve service delivery in Northern Uganda.