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Lamwo District Lacking Road Equipment Operators

Robinson Obale, the Lamwo District Secretary for Works and Technical Services says the lack of operators for the equipment dates back to 2018 when the qualified equipment operators left the district in pursuit of greener pastures.

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Lamwo district is struggling to rehabilitate and maintain roads due to the absence of skilled road equipment operators.

 The district has two graders, a Vibro road roller, a wheel loader, a water bowser and two dump trucks that were donated by the government to maintain roads.

Robinson Obale, the Lamwo District Secretary for Works and Technical Services says the lack of operators for the equipment dates back to 2018 when the qualified unit operators left the district in pursuit of greener pastures.  

According to Obale, some of the road equipment operators who were substantively recruited by the district opted for better-paying jobs in South Sudan. Obale says the lack of operators has left the roads in an appalling state which has affected service delivery.

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The Lamwo District Chief Administrative Officer Charles Uma acknowledges the absence of the skilled road operators, which has partly left the units grounded and also bogged down planned routine road maintenance and opening.

Uma says that they are forced to rely on hiring services of skilled road equipment operators from Kitgum, Amuru, Gulu and Kotido.  According to Uma, the district spends 55,000 Shillings each day as an allowance for each operator.

The LCV Chairperson Sisto Oyet Ocen attributes this to the lack of a functional district service commission.

Oyet however says the district council has already recommended new members of the district commission who are only awaiting approval by the public service commission.

Key amongst the required staff job gap to be filled includes the recruitment of both skilled and casual workers who can operate the heavy road equipment.