Adjumani

Adjumani: 3 DRDIP projects to be completed before the deadline day

(Last Updated On: 21 March 2024)

Adjumani | Three Development Response to Displacement Impact Projects (DRDIP) worth shs 2.1 billion are set to be completed before the second deadline day.

The deadline for the World Bank-funded projects ended on December 31, 2023, and an extension was agreed for six months until June 2024.

The projects include the construction of the Abattoir house in Adjumani town council at shs217m, the Awola piped water project in Itirikwa sub-county valued at shs1 billion, and the Ayiri Health Center III in Ukusijoni sub-county worth shs700m.

According to Mr Abubakar Gulum, the desk officer of DRDIP in Adjumani, the three projects will be completed before the deadline, saying most of the projects are above 50% completion.

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“The Ayiri health centre is at 80% completion, the Awola piped water project is at 60% completion while the Abattoir is standing at 50%. I am sure they will all be completed before June,” Gulam said.

Some of the projects that are under progress are solar installation at Ofua Health Center III, Jurumini Primary School, Opejo Primary School, and Lewa Primary School which, according to the desk officer, will be completed by the end of March 2024.

The stand of the town council authorities 

Mr Lawrence Mangapi is the local council three (LC3) chairperson of Adjumani town council. He confirmed that the project was delayed because as council their dream was to have a modern abattoir in Adjumani town council, adding that the town is aspiring to attain municipality status.

“The money that was allocated for the abattoir was very small, it could not put up a modern abattoir, that we envisaged befitting a municipality status, we engaged the district to redesign the abattoir to a modern abattoir, and the district told us they have got some money to finish it,” Mangapi said

The deputy chief administrative officer (DCAO) of Adjumani Mr Richard Wambi, however, explained that the district has sourced some funding from other DRDIP projects and the district has written to the Office of the Prime Minister to allow them to utilise the money to finish the abattoir.

“We managed to solicit some money and we have written to the OPM to allow us to use the money, we are expecting feedback before the end of this month and resume the work, and between April and May we shall complete the project,” Wambi said.

Beneficiaries speak out

One of the butchers in Adjumani town Mr Musa Yuma observed that the halt in the construction of the abattoir due to a lack of funding is a significant setback for the community of Adjumani town.

According to him, an abattoir plays a crucial role in ensuring the availability of safe and regulated meat products for consumption.

Without adequate funding, the construction and operation of the abattoir cannot proceed as planned, impacting not only the local economy but also the health and safety of consumers in Adjumani town.

By securing the necessary financial support, the community can benefit from improved meat processing facilities, job creation, and compliance with health and safety standards.

OPM responds

The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Office of the Prime Minister Mr Dunstan Balaba who visited the district last month notified the district that all the DRDIP projects are expected to be completed by June 2024.

“The implementation of the projects is at 75% but only three projects have challenges, the project ended on December 30, 2023, and the World Bank has provided a no-cost extension for 6 months which will end on June 30, 2024.

“So we have come here to discuss with the district leadership to ensure that these projects are completed by April 30, 2024, we wouldn’t like to see any money remaining, if it remains that means it will be taken back to the World Bank,” the PS said

Background

The total funds received to date is shs56,412,085,913 and had financed 384 sub-projects benefiting 139,263 beneficiaries under three components.

Out of the funds received, shs 13,659,080,807 is for 81 sub-projects in refugee settlements.

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