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Amuru District Risks Returning UGX 800m to the Treasury for Seed School

In the 2018/2019 financial year, the government allocated 1.3 billion shillings for the construction of Amuru Seed Secondary School.
18 Jun 2020 15:06
Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LC 5 Chairpson - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Amuru District Local Government risks returning 800 million Shillings to the treasury.

In the 2018/2019 financial year, the government allocated 1.3 billion shillings for the construction of Amuru Seed Secondary School. 500 million shillings was then given to Davrich Company Uganda LTD, the company contracted to construct the school.

Apollo Kaggwa, the District Secretary for Education said the company was awarded the contract but has failed to keep with the pace of the work within the stipulated and agreed time frame because it is also running similar construction in Nwoya, Gulu and Lamwo Districts.

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Kaggwa divulged that work on the Seed School located in Bol-Atero village, Amuru Sub County is only at its initial stages of slabbing since 2019 when the company was awarded the contract by the central government.

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Michael Lakony, the LCV Chairperson Amuru, says that only 500 million shillings have been advanced towards the construction work. He adds that the unspent 800 million shillings risks being sent back to the treasurer as the current financial year ends on June 30th.

According to Lakony once the money is returned, it will be the second time the District is returning funds for the construction of the same seed school. He demanded the government terminates the company’s contract.

However, Granfield Oryono Omonda, the District Chief Administrative Officer revealed the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Keith Muhakanizi and the Education Ministry last week summoned Amuru and five other districts that include Nwoya, OMoro and Gulu among others for a meeting in Kampala for a way forward on the matter.

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Attempts to get a comment from Davrich Company Uganda was futile. The same company is also constructing seed schools in Gulu, Omoro, and Nwoya Districts where slow work pace has been reported.

During 2018/2019, the government allocated 15.8 billion Shillings to aid the establishment of 62 secondary schools in 117 Sub-Counties without a public secondary school across the country in a bid to increase access to education. 

According to the civil engineering plan, each complete secondary school will have six classroom blocks, a multi-purpose hall, and staff quarters for six teachers, ICT, a library and a science laboratory component.