District and Sub County Council Speakers from the Acholi sub region are receiving mentorship from the office of deputy speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah. The mentorship is centered on presiding over council sessions, effective management of public affairs and the challenges which affect their work amongst others.
Oulanyah says the mentorship that began on Friday at Golden Peace Hotel in Gulu is critical for fostering democratic processes and enhancing effective service delivery in the region.
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According to Oulanyah, the mentorship programme is in response to a request by the Association of District Speakers from East Acholi sub region who visited his office in Parliament recently. Oulanyah advised them to be gatekeepers of effective service delivery by observing and practicing the qualities of good leaders.
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Eunice Adokorach, the Speaker of Pece Division in Gulu Municipality says the mentorship is the first experiential induction training she has received since she was elected to council in 2016 adding that the training is critical in diffusing conflicts amongst councilors.
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Justine Ochen, the speaker of Pader District Local Government said they requested the Deputy Speaker to support them in officiating over parliament after encountering various challenges in executing their mandate.
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Jimmy Amone, the Lamwo district speaker says many local governments in the region face similar challenges which can be addressed through sharing experiences and lessons.