ADJUMANI. Adjumani district council has approved a budget of shs 67.9 billion for the financial year 2021/2022.

This is however less than last year’s budget of shs 72.6billion.

In the budget, locally generated revenue is projected at shs 2,043,343,000 billion which represents 3 per cent of the total budget, discretionary government transfers is shs 5,343,401,000 billion representing 8 per cent of the total budget, conditional government transfers is shs 26,706,610,000 billion representing 39 per cent of the total budget while other government transfers accounts for shs 28.4 billion which is 42% with external financing standing at 5.3billion representing 8 per cent.

In the sector allocations, education was allocated shs12, 963,482,000 with focus on infrastructure improvement while the health sector is to receive shs 12,021,617,000 billion which will be spent on improving maternal and newborn child and equipping health facilities to diagnose and treat diseases.

Production and marketing received shs3.9billion, roads and engineering has been allocated shs1.1billion while the rest of the departments received below 1billion.

While presenting the budget before the council for approval, the secretary for finance planning and administration Ms Josephine Atoo committed the budget to the population of Adjumani district and challenged them to champion the manifesto of NRM to achieve middle income status.

She commended the technical staff for vetting and consolidating the budget.

Although the budget for 2021/2022 declined by shs4.7billion from last financial year, the chief administrative officer Mr Jack Byaruhanga said what is left is to effectively implement the recommendations of the council.

Byaruhanga also stated that they are currently preoccupied with activities of handover preparation but promised that all actions planned by the council will be accomplished to the dot.

The district speaker Mr Dominic Idro hailed members of the district council for the noble job of vetting and finally approving the budget timely and called for transparency during implementation.