KOBOKO. The high fertility rate of the people of Koboko is greatly affecting the budget of the district, Mr Fred Bada, the district Planner has revealed.

Bada noted that in Uganda, the fertility rate of Koboko stands at 5.6 and is the second to Yumbe district in the whole country.

“We are still having high fertility rate. We are operating at 5.6 per cent and that means an able-bodied woman in Koboko produces an average of six children. This is dangerous!” Bada said during a press conference organized by Gloria Winnie Adraa, the district information officer at the district headquarters early this week.

“If you have six children per woman and you are a polygamous man, you will see the numbers of children that you are going to carry and that explains why you can’t feed them well, you can’t educate them, cloth them well and provide the required health services,” he added.

He said there is a need for leaders to go out and educate people about the rapidly growing population for good planning purposes.

The current projected population of Koboko district stands at 246, 600 people and it is running on a budget of shs26bn this financial year.

But Bada observes that the remedies to the growing population are simple and they include; keeping girls in school because if they are not, they start producing early and improvement on health services since people produce many due to the fear of loss of children.

“If we have the correct health services; you are sure that if you have three children, they will all grow and by that, we shall control the numbers. We would also like to invest in good governance by having the correct policies in place to control the number of children people produce,” Bada advised.

He said policies that put money in the pockets of people will not make them produce like the poor because they will always be busy calculating profits and thinking of investments, unlike the poor who are always busy manufacturing children.

In a related incident, Mr Hassan Saidi Nginya, the Koboko district chairman said due to the growing number of people especially the youths in Koboko, they are planning to establish an industrial park at Oraba and also construct an international market at Busia both located at the Uganda-South Sudan border with the aim of creating some employment opportunities for the redundant population.

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“We are on the other hand encouraging youths to engage in agriculture as one of the biggest employment sectors because we are realizing that the rate at which the youth are running away from the rural settings to urban centres is high and as a result, most of them have become redundant,” Nginya stressed.

According to Nginya, that is why the issues of Koboko transformation and mind setting training are coming to address the various challenges affecting the district.