PAKWACH. Pakwach district has received 1.1 billion Ugandan shillings to spearhead the village sustainable livelihood improvement program in West Nile region.

The program which will be piloted in Pakwach district is being funded by the World Bank through the office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

Mr Charles Muswa, the district NUSAF desk officer said the sustainable livelihood program will be implemented in Pakwach town council and Pakwach Sub County.

He said the program targets 32 villages in the three clusters of Armor East in the Town council alongside Paroketho and Olienzu in Pakwach Sub County.

The beneficiaries have already been trained to empower their capacity to coordinate with the district officials.

Muswa said the beneficiaries were trained in the areas of finance management and record keeping.

Ms Night Candiru, the assistant manager post bank Pakwach said bank officials will provide social protection to both the district and the beneficiaries.

"We shall monitor the fund so that it is not diverted once picked from the bank by the beneficiaries, " Candiru said.

She appealed to the beneficiaries to own the project for maximum utilization of the funds to meet its intended purpose.

Mr Godffrey Okello Ogwal, the Pakwach Chief Administrative Officer also urged the beneficiaries to use the project to alleviate poverty so as to steer Uganda to middle income status.

He advised the beneficiaries to empower their family members by sending children to school and cautioned them against unnecessary expenditures.

"Don't over produce because children can drain your pockets but think of putting the little money you get in to good use,” Ogwal advised.

Mr. Mike Feta, an official from inspectorate of government (IGG) said massive sensitization will be carried out to avoid defaulting the implementation of their objective of strengthening and promoting transparency.

He said the leaders should be flexible to render information to relevant authorities to avoid mistrust. Feta warned the group leaders against losing valuable group documents to disguise evidence of accountability from auditors.

"Some groups leaders pretend that documents were burnt in houses just to kill evidence with an intention of walking free of accusations of embezzlement which shall not be tolerated,” Feta said.

Mr Posiano Omia, a beneficiary from Amor East said the funding was a major relief to him.

“We have already identified our business potential that needed financing. This is already a blessing for us and we are going to work towards meeting our target," he said.

Mr James Mukose, the Pakwach resident district commissioner said efforts will be intensified through monitoring and vigorous inspection to avoid fraud during the implementation of the program.

He said government is committed to empowering the citizens of Uganda through various programs with the aim of wealth creation at each household level.