PAKWACH. Pakwach district officials are lobbying for funds from Northern Uganda Resilient Initiative (NURI) towards quick completion of a storage administrative block whose progress has stalled due to lack of money.

While interfacing with Mr Christophe Jean, the Danish refugee country director at the district headquarters on Tuesday, the district leadership raised a concern of limited space for core departments like production and environment that are in line with the organization's main objective of promoting smart agriculture.

Ms Stella Abyote, the Pakwach Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) informed the country director that in the last financial year, the district staffing rate was at 33 per cent, adding that this year, it is likely to hit 67 per cent thus a huge office space burden for the staff.

"This year, the government has realized funds to recruit more staff in the district but we are crippled with a challenge of office space," she said.

The stalled office block was projected at shs2billion but only shs600 million was advanced.

Mr Robert Omito Steen, the Pakwach district chairman requested the Danish refugee country director to consider supplementing the district in its efforts to solicit funds for quick completion of the office block.

"Unlike other districts, for us when the government gave us money, we didn't think of quickly buying vehicles, we started office block but we are financially stuck for now," he said.

Omito said NURI activities of smart agriculture, market accessibility, and expanding road networks are well coordinated in the district.

"We have earmarked opening up of so many community access roads for our farmers and tree planting in Andibo dam which are underway as the farmers are already trained," he added.

However, in his response, Mr Jean said much as the component of infrastructure development is embedded into their agenda, they need to scheme later for the urgent needs.

Mr Christophe Jean 16 01 20Mr Christophe Jean speaks to district officials as Robert Omito and Ms Esther Abeyto the CAO listen. PHOTO BY GEOFREY ACHORA

He noted that inadequate office space will not affect their field staff already recruited and memorandum of understanding signed with them.

NURI is a Danish funded program implemented in the West Nile districts of Moyo, Adjumani, Zombo, Nebbi, and Pakwach.

The program runs from 2019-2022 undertaking activities on climate-smart, resilience agriculture and having interventions in building resilience among communities in the face of changing climates.