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Pager Division Seeking UGX 2.3Bn for Construction of Market

The Pager Division Chairperson Morris Santo Oyoo says that despite having projected 2.3 billion shillings, the division is financially constrained to fund the project since their local revenue performance is poor.

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Pager Division in Kitgum Municipality is seeking 2.3 Billion Shillings for the construction of a modern market at Labuje trading centre.

The Deputy Division Chairperson Daniel Toolit Kitara says that the design and bill of quantity of the market have already developed but construction hangs in balance due to lack of funds.

According to Kitara, no source of funding had been earmarked for the market construction project except for the locally raised revenue that is inadequate.

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The Pager Division Chairperson Morris Santo Oyoo says that despite having projected 2.3 billion shillings, the division is financially constrained to fund the project since their local revenue performance is poor.

According to Oyoo, the Pager division council raises between 400 to 500 million shillings each financial year. 

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The Greenland parish councillor also the General Purpose Committee Chairperson Beatrice Okello Aryemo says due to the limited resource envelope the division should think of embarking on lobbying, fundraising campaigns and imploring donors and other stakeholders to fund the project.  

Aryemo says that apart from the anticipation of boosting revenue, the market will also help vendors who are currently operating in makeshift structures.

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The Pager division Assistant Town Clerk Patrick Ouma says that since the division council is about to commence the budget planning process, considerations of submitting the funding proposal to Kitgum Municipality should be explored for subsequent budget allocation.  

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According to Ouma, upon completion, the proposed market is expected to accommodate more than 250 vendors, with 94 lockup shops, 112 stalls, restaurants, washrooms among other facilities.