Dokolo NAADS Chief Suspended For Abusing Procurement Procedures

Dr.Peter Okello Ogwal, Dokolo District NAADS coordinator attached to Kangai Sub County has been suspended by the chief administrative officer over alleged abuse of procurement procedures.

In a letter  dated 29 May 2011,Julius Peter Odongkara, Dokolo CAO says Dr.Okello deliberately abused the NAADS guidelines by procuring citrus seedlings and banana suckers worth 30 million shillings without the approval of a specialist.

Odongkara further reveals that the errant officer did not even inform the farmers who are the final beneficiaries of the project.

Okello is the second Dokolo district NAADS boss to be suspended over abuse of office after Samuel Areya, who was attached to Batta Sub County.

Areya was accused of procuring maize seeds of lower standard yet the farmers were expecting to receive hand hoes, beans and maize seeds.

CAO Odongkara also directs for an immediate investigation into the alleged mess in NAADS in some Sub Counties and the entire district caused by Dr.Okello. The investigation is to be headed by the head of district production department Dr. Richard Enyang.

NAADS guidelines mandate officials to first consult farmers on what type of inputs they want and that the district agricultural officer should carry out germination tests before the procurement is done.

Joseph Emyadu, NAADS coordinator attached to Adeknino Sub County has been directed by the chief administrative officer to care-take and supervise all NAADS implementation in the Kangai Sub County.