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Agago Residents Donate 140 Acres of Land for Education Project

Patongo Town Council Chairperson Joseph Komakech says that the residents of Akomo Central Parish donated 72 acres for the construction of a nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools. Similarly, the residents of Oporot Parish gave 68 acres of land, which will be used to establish a polytechnic institute.
07 Oct 2022 18:15
District leaders welcome the Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo (middle) and the donor from the Patongo Airfield. Photo by Frank Openytho

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Residents of Agago district have donated 140 acres of land to Pepperdine University to establish three levels of learning Institutions in Patongo Town Council. 

Patongo Town Council Chairperson Joseph Komakech says that the residents of Akomo Central Parish donated 72 acres for the construction of a nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools. Similarly, the residents of Oporot Parish gave 68 acres of land, which will be used to establish a polytechnic institute.

     

Komakech said the community already signed a consent form indicating that they have given land for the project as a way of dealing with the millions of learners of school-going age who are struggling to access schools.

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He said that the community is still willing to give more land if needed for the same project, but appealed to the officials from Pepperdine University, to use the land for the purpose it was given.    

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Rose Akanyo, a resident of Akomo Central Parish, said they agreed to offer land for the project because it would bring a string of developments and employment opportunities, and because the district lags in education performance in the entire sub-region.  

Akanyo said that parents have always struggled to enrol their children in school because the Town Council does not have a nursery or secondary school. She said that instead, parents take their children either to the next sub-County or to either Lira or Kitgum districts, which are 51 and 91 kilometres away, respectively.

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Agago District Education Officer Esther Aryemo commended the upcoming project, saying a number of children are at home because of distance or high school fees. She added that every academic year, learners flock to her office requesting opportunities to study for free because of the high school fees.  

Aryemo appealed to the community to embrace the upcoming project because it will offer cheap educational services.

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Anna Grace Apiyo, the Agago District Secretary for Education says that the limited schools in the area are stressing parents to look for schools in other districts, which makes education very expensive.  Apiyo however advised the community to act as security when construction starts, and not steal the project materials like it always happens in similar projects. 

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Morris Ocana, the vice chairperson of Agago district, condemned individuals he said have been spreading rumours on social media that the investors are in Agago to grab their land. He advised the community to stop looking at development as something that should come with immediate benefits, but think of posterity.    

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The delegation from Pepperdine University in the United State of America was accompanied by the Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo, who appreciated the community for offering land for the project. Dollo also allayed the fears of some of the locals about land grabbing, saying the project will offer market opportunities for farmers to supply foodstuffs in the boarding section.

He advised those whose learning was interrupted by the war, to consider joining the polytechnic to up the skills of their crafts.     

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Agago District Senior Land Management Officer Alex Oyet Labeja said it will take the University two months to complete all the paperwork concerning the land acquisition before work on the school can begin.

Pepperdine University is also behind the Restore Leadership Academy in Gulu, which is offering nursery, primary and secondary education to at least 1,400 learners.  Other countries where the university has established similar projects include; Somalia, Congo, Afghanistan, Dominican Republic, India, Iraq, Nepal, Ukraine, and the USA.