George William Wopuwa the Bududa Resident District Commissioner said it is so unfortunate that most of the district works are contracted from the centre which delays the delivery of services to the community.
Bududa District is set to return more than 300 Million Shillings
that was meant for the construction of Seed Secondary School in Nakatsi Sub County.
In the 2020/2021 financial year, the district received 340 million
shillings to begin the first phase of construction of six classroom blocks, 2
teachers’ houses and two latrines.
Samson Natsambwa the Bududa District Assistant Chief
Administrative Officer blames the Ministry of Education for failing to get a
contractor for the project on time.
He said they are worried that as the money returned to the
central government as unspent balances may never be sent back to the district.
George William Wopuwa the Bududa Resident District Commissioner said it is so
unfortunate that most of the district works are contracted from the centre which delays the delivery of services to the community.
Wopuwa says that he has written a report to the office of the
president so that ministers expedite programs in districts as this may cost
their support as government.
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Yonasan Bululu, the Bududa vice LCV Chairperson said the government
should come up with ways of allowing districts to carry on with such projects
so that the community can benefit in time.
Peter Mukhwana, one of the residents who offered land to construct the school says
the school had come at the right time especially when their children were
trekking long distances to access school. He says that the ministry should
expedite the award of the contract so that the school can be constructed.
However, Alex Kakooza the Permanent Secretary Ministry of
Education said they have already sent a bill of quantities to the district and
are waiting for their response so that they can advertise for a contractor. He
said they don't do it solely as the ministry but together with the district who
are the holders and beneficiaries of the project.
He also allayed fears of the district officials that the money
would not get lost even after being returned.