Area residents have taken over large portions of the forest reserves to plant food crops while others are involved in illegal logging. Several reserves have also been turned into dumping sites, the most affected being Eruba local forest, Ezuku local forest and Kuluva local forest in Vurra sub-county.
Boniface Okuonzi, a resident of Ajia sub-county says that often, patients have been left stranded and sometimes turned away while seeking treatment at the health facilities due to the absence of the workers.
Sam Wadri Nyaku the Mayor Arua City said the decision by the Ministry of Local Government to remain silent on the issue has affected the operations of the City. He explains that they cannot access some of the movable assets like motor vehicles to facilitate their work in the City.