ADJUMANI. The government of Germany in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government of Uganda have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Adjumani district local government through GIZ to implement a four-year project worth 20,000,000 million Euros (about UGX80bn).

The deal is co-funded by the European Union trust fund and the German Federal Ministry of economic cooperation and development (BMZ).

The agreement which was signed at Adjumani multipurpose training centre on Tuesday was aimed at implementing the response to increased demand on government services and creation of economic opportunities in Uganda (RISE) project for both refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda.

Under the arrangement, Arua and Moyo districts are expected to sign the same MoU as districts that have been earmarked to benefit from the project.

Mr Patrick Poehlmann, the GIZ head of program who signed the MoU on behalf of the government of Germany said the overall objective of the project is to strengthen local authorities in delivering government services to people in refugee-hosting districts of Adjumani, Arua and Moyo.

He added that through the project, they will be in a position to enable greater resilience and self-reliance among both refugees and host communities by creating economic opportunities.

Poehlmann appealed to local leaders to implement the project transparently, ensure value for money and accountability since the funds are taxpayers’ money from Germany.

Mr James Leku Pili, the Adjumani district chairman assured the government of Germany that the council will work hard together with the technocrats to ensure that the money is spent wisely to achieve the dreams of the intended beneficiaries.

He, however, called for proper needs assessment of the beneficiaries by answering the critical questions that include; what the project, why the project and where.

The Adjumani resident district commissioner Mr Peter Taban Dada commended the ministry of local government for choosing Adjumani to implement the multibillion project.

He promised that Adjumani district local government has the capacity to handle the project and ensure that it succeeds by all means.