Local leaders in the region have accused the officers of laxity in mobilizing, sensitizing and training beneficiaries of Government programmes aimed at improving household incomes to alleviate poverty.
Community Development Officers – CDOs in Acholi sub-region have
been faulted for slow mobilization and training of rural communities to access
and benefit from livelihood projects.
A CDO supports programmes aimed at reducing poverty and helping to
improve the lives of people who live in deprived areas. Their role seeks
to involve communities in seeking solutions to the problems they face in
partnership with statutory and voluntary bodies.
However, local leaders in the region have accused the officers of laxity in
mobilizing, sensitizing and training beneficiaries of Government programmes
aimed at improving household incomes to alleviate poverty.
The Government has rolled out several regional and national community schemes
like Northern Uganda Action Fund-NUSAF, Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme
- UWEP, Youth Livelihood Programme -YLP and Operation Wealth Creation – OWC
However, the implementation of some of the programmes have been frustrated and
remained on paper due to a lack of awareness among the target beneficiaries.
Geoffrey Akena, a resident of Bardege Division in Gulu Municipality, says that
most CDOs don’t visit villages to conduct training for rural communities about
the existing government projects citing lack of facilitation.
Dorcas Keyi, a trader in Gulu Main Market disclosed that several good
interventions by government lack community ownership because they lack
practical implementation and adequate sensitization.
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Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament – LOP, also Gulu
District Woman MP says that women and youth in the district lack training and
have little knowledge about some interventions by government.
The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, James Nabinson Kidega, argues they
have intelligence reports that some development officers conceal vital
information from the public and only deal with isolated community groups where
they can directly benefit from.
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However, James Okello Okidi, the Kitgum District Community Development Officer
asserts that they lack adequate facilitation to do extensive community
sensitization in hard to reach areas.
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While launching the ambitious Presidential initiative on wealth and job
creation in Gulu last week, State Minister for Finance, Haruna Kasolo Kyeyune
noted that the laxity of CDOs is a national wide challenge.