Patrick Lukas, the School Management Committee Chairperson, says they have had a bad history of hosting people who mismanage the school and leave in sorry state.
Among which are fencing off the ground, providing a separate toilet facility for the truck drivers, two separate water points to be connected by National Water and Sewerage Cooperation at the school and extending electric power to the compound.
The management of Adwila
Primary School in Lira district has set tough conditions for the District
Covid19 Task Force to utilise the school playground as a parking area for
transit truck drivers.
It comes after the
Lira District Covid19 Task Force gazetted Adwila Primary School playground to
host the truckers plying Soroti-Lira-Gulu Highway to stem the spread of the
corona virus disease.
Normally, the truckers would park in areas around Uhuru
bar, Jinja Camp and Odokomit trading center along Juba road. The school management
has set several demands before surrendering the playground for use by the
The management has among other asked the Task Force to fence off the playground, establish separate toilet facilities
for the truckers, two water points and extend power to the school compound.
They have also asked
the task force to commit to renovating the classroom blocks, plant grass in the
compound, continuous disinfection and provide protective gears to both pupils
and teachers when the drivers stop using the area.
Patrick Lukas, the School
Management Committee Chairperson, says they have had a bad history of hosting
people who mismanage the school and leave in sorry state.
He cites the 1979 war
when the liberation army camped at the school, used its resources and
facilities and left them in a sorry state.
He reasons that until their demands
are met, they will not allow the truckers in the school premises.
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Vincent Luka, who
operates a grocery shop right opposite the school, says the task force promised
to meet their demands before bringing the truck drivers the school.
this is the reason why the truckers haven’t showed up more than a week after
the school was designated to host the trucks.
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Milton Odongo, the
Lira Resident District Commissioner who also chairs the Task Force, says the community
demands are already before the National Task Force pending approval.
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He however, accuses
some local leaders of politicizing the matter, saying they risk arrest.