MOYO. Moyo district local government officials have commissioned the Shs900 million projects under Refugees and Host Population Empowerment program (ReHoPe) financed by United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
The projects came as a result of an appreciating the hospitality of the local communities for accepting to host refugees in the district.
The projects include, construction of four classroom block at St John Dufile secondary in Dufile Sub county, an out patients department at Goopi health center II in Metu Sub county and four classroom block at Itula primary school in Obongi County.
Others are four classroom block at Aliba primary school and a four in one staff house at Indelinga health center II in Aliba Sub County. Each of the projects was allocated Shs 180 million.
While commissioning the projects, Mr Geoffrey Acama, UNHCR ReHoPe project coordinator said the projects that were selected by the district are vital for the development of the communities especially in the health sector.
He appealed to the local population to carefully utilize the resources that have been put in place to benefit them for their hospitality of hosting refugees.
UNHCR field officer, Mr Mubashir Khan urged the district leaders and the local communities of Moyo to ensure that 50 per cent of the learners in school are girls to fully participate and benefit with the boys while studying as UN and UNHCR has been emphasizing.
But the local communities expressed concern over delayed upgrading of their health center IIs to III considering the increased demand for health services and increased population.
They also appealed to UNHCR to include the component of desks for the blocks constructed to benefit the learners.
Mr Tabu Job, the ReHoPe focal point person in the officer CAO said the selected projects have been part of the five years strategic development plans of the district and are spread across all the sub counties in the district.
Mr Williams Anyama, the Moyo district chairman appealed to the locals to continue with their hospitality opening their hands and hearts to help people regardless of their nationalities.
He however cautioned the learners about poor attitude that students or pupils in rural areas cannot perform better.
He said learners both in rural and urban areas are taken through same syllabus and their teachers also pass through same training collages in Uganda.
“It’s wrong to say that rural schools cannot excel academically, you can pass from wherever you are provided you have the right attitude towards learning and self esteem” Anyama said.