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Acholi Region Secures Ugx 25Billion Water project for resettled IDPs

The Ugx 25 Billion project to be executed by the ministry of water and environment will see the construction of 75 deep boreholes the districts of Amuru, Gulu, Nwoya, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader and Agago. Six piped water facilities will be supplied in Koch goma, Unyama, Awere, Kitgum Matidi, corner Kilak and Adilang rural growth centers.
Several districts in Northern Uganda will soon have improved water sources for resettled internally displaced persons that to a new project facilitated by the government of Japan.

The Ugx 25 Billion project to be executed by the ministry of water and environment will see the construction of 75 deep boreholes the districts of Amuru, Gulu, Nwoya, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader and Agago. Six piped water facilities will be supplied in Koch goma, Unyama, Awere, Kitgum Matidi, corner Kilak and Adilang rural growth centers.

The project aims at facilitating the resettlement of IDPs through the provision of improved water in Acholi sub region, Junzo Fujita, the Ambassador of Japan to Uganda said at the commissioning of the project.  He added that although resettlement of the IDPs started in 2006, basic social infrastructure is yet to be rehabilitated, a result of which, scores still lack basic social services.

Fujita explained that Japan is also focused to contributing to the closing of the regional gap existing between northern Uganda and all other regions.

According to the minister of water and Environment Ephraim Kamuntu some of the projects will use solar power to pump water so that there is proper sanitation and hygiene even in the rural areas. He said there shall be training of the hand pump mechanics in handling the water projects.

Beatrice Anywar, the Kitgum woman MP is optimistic that the project will boost previous efforts to eradicate water-borne diseases. She however appealed to district leaders and project implementers to consider areas with already vulnerable communities such as those affected by the nodding syndrome.

Betty Aol Ochan, the Gulu woman MP appealed to the financers to help in constructing small bridges in the villages as many children and villagers are failing to connect over to other parts of districts. She said that attempts by lower council leaders to create temporally bridges have yielded no fruit.

She said that water coverage in the region should be totally improved as a means to help the post conflict northern region.

 

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