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MPs Query National Council of Sports Budget Priorities

Members of Parliament sitting on the Education Committee have queried budget priorities for the National Council of Sports (NCS) for the coming financial year 2019/2020.
National Council of Sports Acting General Secretary, Benard Patrick Ogwel before the Education Committee.

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Members of Parliament on the Education Committee have queried budget priorities for the National Council of Sports (NCS) for the financial year 2019/2020.   

The National Council of Sports (NCS) officials led by the Acting General Secretary, Bernard Patrick Ogwel were on Thursday appearing before parliament’s Education Committee chaired by Pallisa County MP Jacob Opolot to present their budget estimates for the coming financial year. 

The budget estimates for NCS for the coming financial year is 27.1 billion shillings up from the current budgetary provision of 17.4 billion shillings.   

The MPs scrutinized the budget and queried different minimal budget provisions to activities they consider critical and why colossal sums of money are allocated less important activities.   

Kashari South MP Nathan Itungo questioned a minimal budgetary allocation of 2 million shillings for scholarships to sports talented persons, while district sports officers workshops are allocated a big budget of 60 million shillings.  He said that the minimal budget to scholarships can’t encourage sportsmen.

Opolot also emphasized that NCS should increase on their provisions to cater for the scholarships of sports talented persons warning that if this is not done, his committee will make the required adjustments.   

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Also queried was the meager allocation of 10 million shillings for refurbishment of NCS Sports equipment and the 35 million shillings for promoting sports at the grass root levels yet workshops for National Associations are allocated Shillings 50 million.   

The Council’s Acting General Secretary, Benard Patrick Ogwel pledged that more scrutiny would be given to their budget in future also noting that they are willing to finance all activities within the sector but are limited by funds.  

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