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Encroachers Threaten Expansion of Nakasongola Technical Institute

Sasiira Technical Institute which was constructed on part of 12.151 hectares donated by Nakasongola district was officially opened in February 2016. The institute constructed with a grant of 5.8 billion Shillings, is part of the nine institutes established from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
Sasiira Technical Institute which is under threat
Suspected encroachers are threatening the planned construction works at Sasiira Technical Institute in Nakasongola district.

Sasiira Technical Institute which was constructed on part of 12.151 hectares donated by Nakasongola district was officially opened in February 2016. The institute constructed with a grant of 5.8 billion Shillings, is part of the nine institutes established from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

The Institute located in Wabinyonyi sub-county now boasts of an enrollment of 238 learners from the 66 recorded in 2016. The female learners have also increased to 113 from 2 in 2016 while the staff have also increased from five to 26.

However, as the government commences the second phase of the project which will see the training institute getting more structures and equipment, a report has emerged indicating that over 10 people have encroached on part of its land threatening its planned works.

James Kyagambiddwa, the Principal of Sasiira Technical Institute says that families are growing crops and erecting permanent structures on the same land. Kyagambiddwa added that in 2018, the Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Food and Agriculture Organization-FAO to plant trees but only managed to cover part of the project before meeting resistance from the encroachers.

Kyagambiddwa is concerned that while the Ministry of Education and Sports has contracted Plan Modern Consult which is now in the process of drawing architectural designs for the second phase of the project,  the works may be affected by the encroachers. He says that the problem stems from the failure by the district to open up boundaries for the Institute.

Kyagambiddwa has now appealed to district authorities to take up the matter. However, Dan Muganga, the Nakasongola Resident District Commissioner-RDC advised Kyagambiddwa to follow it with the land Board for action, while  Emmanuel Kyambadde, the Chairperson of Nakasongola District Land Board said he needed time to look at the details of disputed pieces of land.

Bernard Kamoga, the District Councillor for Wabinyonyi sub-county says that there is a planned meeting between the accused encroachers and technical institute to resolve the matter. He, however, explained that the residents acquired the land before the technical institute was constructed and district officials didn't conduct due diligence to establish the exact people who had bought the land.

According to primary information from the OPEC Fund website, the government signed an agreement borrowing USD 14.30 million for the construction of nine vocational facilities, and provide them with equipment, teaching materials, and staff training, in a project which is expected to enhance gender equality and boost employment opportunities.

Each facility will also contain a sickbay, which will not only be accessible to staff and students, but also nearby communities.

Other technical institutes constructed with a loan from the OPEC International Development Fund (OFID) are Corner Kilak, Ogolai 1, Nawanyago, Lwengo, Buhimba, Busoga Nsadhu, Namataba and Lokopio Technical Institute.

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