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Oyam Chairman Decries Local Government Underfunding

The Chairman of Oyam district Mr. Nelson Adea Akar has decried the low funding from the central government to the district, which he says has crippled service delivery.

Mr. Adea made the revelation on Thursday while addressing local leaders and farmers from Northern Uganda in a meeting convene by Caritas Uganda, to discuss the effects of climate change to farmers.

Adea noted that the central government only sends   14 % of the National budget to the local governments   across Uganda, two thirds of which goes to salary payment, leaving just a third for service delivery which he says is not enough.

The Oyam district boss said Government should at least increase the budget allocation for the Local government from 14 % to 25 % so that the Local governments can be able to do more developmental work.

This plea was echoed by Mr. Joel Arumari, the Secretary Finance, Planning and Administration of Arua district, who said the budget allocation from Central Government is very small.

Arumari said government should try to reduce on the expenditure at the Central level because most the services are needed done at the lower local government.

In the Budget speech for 2018/2019, the Minister for Finance Hon. Matia Kasaija said that majority of the budget line will go towards supporting  areas that will give inclusive growths like Agriculture and its value chain.

 

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