An active citizen is one who doesn’t shy away! We do not fold our arms and expect things to fall in place; our voices have to be heard”. These were the opening remarks from the Executive Director ACFODE, Ms Regina Bafaki during one of a district sectorial meeting on the state of development in Oyam and Amolator districts.

ACFODE Executive Director Ms.Regina Bafaki adressing the participants
ACFODE Executive Director Ms.Regina Bafaki adressing the participants

As part of her interventions under the project: Strengthening Community Participation in Local Governance and Promotion of women and girls rights, ACFODE identified , trained and mentored rights holders in Public Expenditure Tracking systems. The rights holders were to cascade the information to the communities and identify issues affecting service delivery.

In her remarks, the Executive Director noted, ‘This activity would not be possible if some people had not volunteered to risk their lives. Thank you head teachers and health workers for opening your doors to the community monitors. And to the District leadership, we are honored to have you here despite your busy schedules. It shows your commitment to our cause thus we cannot take it for granted” she said.

A cross section of participants during the district strategic engagement meeting in Oyam
A cross section of participants during the district strategic engagement meeting in Oyam

Among the key concerns raised by the community monitors and district folks in the health and Education sector included absenteeism by students, health workers, and teachers, drug stock outs, reluctance of School Management Committees, Health Management committees, Poor accountability of UPE, PTA funds and Primary Health Care funds.

One of the discoveries during this engagement is the dire need to engage parents in the district on their role in the schools’ development. ACFODE took up the initiative to organize parental dialogues that will see to it that parents, teachers, opinion leaders, pupils, religious and culture leaders come together to deliberate on issues affecting school children in both Oyam and Amolator district.

RDC Amolator Canon Richard Ogwang Odyero addressing the meeting
RDC Amolator Canon Richard Ogwang Odyero addressing the meeting

The District Leadership committed to a couple of resolutions including among others, the Secretary of Production, Amolator district local government, proposing to the council new tips  of dealing with stray animals. She also promised to follow up on the implementation of the existing by-laws.

The District Chairperson, Chief Administrative Officer and District Education Officers, committed to organizing meetings with committed authorities at the Cyno Hydro Power Project on the issues of morality and corrupting girl children. The District has committed to engaging Senior Accountants to train, supervise and encourage proper accountability works in both health and education sectors.

 

Magdalene Nalumansi

mnalumansi@acfode.org

Project Officer

Human Rights Department

 

Oyam-Amolator District Leadership Forge New Strategies For Improving Lives of People in Their Communities.

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