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Amolatar locals finally give land to Lira University for college of agriculture

(Last Updated On: 17 April 2024)

Amolatar I In an effort to bring the University closer to the community, the residents of Alemere Bung and Agwingiri in Amolatar district have welcomed Lira University to their land.

In 2023, following a request and interactions with Lira University leadership, LC5 chairperson Geoffery Ocen Kiring wrote a letter on behalf of the community, requesting the establishment of an agricultural branch [faculty].

Soon, the Agwingiri and Alemere Bung communities donated their communal lands. The total land area is 338.1 hectares.

While handing over the land to University officials on Tuesday, April 16, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Amolatar, Francis Okello Odoki Rwotlonyo, praised the community for welcoming the development.

The RDC represented Minister Judith Nabakooba.

The Land Minister appealed to the community through the RDC to register for customary land titles in order to avoid land grabbing issues.

She stated that the NRM government intends to issue certificates of customary land, urging the community to apply and obtain their certificates.

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“The government has plans to give certificates to clans and families with customary land to in Lango sub-region as it has been done in Apac, Lira, Dokola and now Amolatar,” Nabakooba said, adding that the remaining districts will also witness government intervention as promised by President Museveni.

Meanwhile, Professor Opio Okaka Dokotum, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Lira University, praised the people of Amolatar for their generosity and warm reception of the University.

Professor Okaka stated that the land will be used to establish a college of Agriculture, Aquatic, or Marine Engineering.

Quoting the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Dokotum said 76% of Ugandans are engaged in agriculture, employing three quarters of the population, especially youth.

He revealed that the University will support smart farming by educating smart farmers.

Prof Dokotum
Prof Opio Okaka Dokotum (2nd L) showing the lands document on Tuesday. Photo by Sarah Ejang.

Naume Kabanda, the acting director of land management at the Ministry of Land, thanked Lira University for taking the University closer to the people.

She also thanked the community for donating their land, promising that the results would be worthy of their sacrifice.

“Lira University will make it easier for you to educate your children,” she explained.

Okwir Martin Sebagala is the LC1 chairman of Owulu cell where 120 hectares of land sits. He expressed gratitude to Lira University for accepting their offer.

“As a community, we are very happy to tell you that we are dearly guarding the land that the community gave to Lira University, of which we are very proud,” said the local leader.

Lira University began in 2009 as a Constituent College of Gulu University before gaining autonomy years later.

By Sarah Ejang

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