Nebbi Juvenile Remand Home turned into a Church

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A juvenile remand home in Paidha Town Council in Nebbi has been turned into a church.
The remand home, which was built using a 200 million-shilling grant from the Netherlands Embassy, has been rented to Family Victory Church by the chief prisons officer in Paidha. Uganda Radio Network has learned that the Nebbi district administration approved of the deal because of the lack of funds to complete the construction of the facility.
The remand home was constructed in 2002 by KG Adubango and Engineering Works Limited on behalf of Nebbi district. It was intended to provide secure detention facilities for juvenile delinquents and to assist in the decongestion of Nebbi's overcrowded prisons.
However once the shell of the remand home was completed, Nebbi district ran out of money and deserted it. The doors, windows and toilets at the remand home were vandalized and the 30 beds purchased for inmates were abandoned.
The remand home was intended to be a modern facility fitted with a female ward, staff houses, a training center, a kitchen and toilets.
Richard Oryeda, the Nebbi Secretary for Finance, Planning and Administration, says the district approved the proposal to rent the building to Family Victory Church to prevent it from further decay. He says the district charges the church 70,000 shillings every month for rent of the facility.
Not everyone in the district is happy with the deal. Both the Nebbi Community Development Office and the District Council have demanded for the speedy completion of the remand home and want it reverted back to its original purpose as soon as possible.