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Construction of Gulu NGO Forum Offices Resumes

Construction stalled shortly after the land was acquired after member organizations disagreed on its bill of quantity in 2016. He says the disagreement took a heavy toll on the Forum splintering its membership from 175 to just 79.
Coordinator of Gulu NGO Forum Geoffrey Okello (2nd Right) Speaking On Apaa Land Crisis At Northern Uganda Media Club NUMEC

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The construction of Gulu NGO Forum offices has finally resumed. 

The first floor of the storey building being constructed opposite the Palace of the Paramount Chief of Acholi, His Highness David Onen Acana II in Kanyagoga Parish in Bar Dege Division, Gulu Municipality is now completed.

Geoffrey Okello, the Executive Director of Gulu NGO Forum says the construction stalled shortly after the land was acquired after member organizations disagreed on its bill of quantity in 2016.

He says the disagreement took a heavy toll on the Forum splinting the membership from 175 to just 79.

Okello who returned to the Forum in 2017 says the forum sunk deeper into a sea of management challenges after its board erred in making a decision which culminated into a Forensic audit of the Organization which resulted into suspension of many members of staff.

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Two years after the rigorous forensic audit, the Forum has reviewed its financial and management policies to prevent the organization slipping back into the past. Okello says the changes undertaken have renewed the confidence of member organizations for rebuilding it.

According to Okello, construction begun with 48 Million shillings derived from the sale of part of the land with additional 15 million shillings coming from membership contributions.

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Okello says they plan to furnish the building for the implementation of the CSO strategy. He says the Forum is counting on some 185 former scholarship students across Acholi sub-region who graduated with support from the Forum to finish construction of the building.

Gulu NGO Forum played critical roles during the emergency phase of the Lord's Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda through coordination of humanitarian response and relief assistance as well as conducting research in areas in traditional justice systems.

The research gave rise to the Justice and Reconciliation Project which eventually profiled and documented majority of the atrocities which took place in the region.