PAKWACH. Pakwach town council department of planning in Pakwach district is stuck with a new development plan due to lack of funds.
Speaking to West Nile Web over the weekend, Mr Richard Alenyo, the Pakwach town council planner said efforts to have a modern plan has greatly been hampered by financial constraints.
Alenyo said the town council needs about 150 million shillings to process its modern plan for better service delivery. But he said three years down the road; they couldn’t raise the money through local revenue and from the central government.
“The idea to have a modern plan for this town came up three years ago but all along, we have been struggling to raise at least sh150m to have it processed,” said Alenyo.
According to Alenyo, his office has written several letters to the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban development to help in facilitating the process but in vain.
He said as a result, individuals are erecting both commercial and residential structures anyhow since there is no plan to guide their activities thus creating unimpressive scenery of the council to visitors.
“Pakwach is the gateway to West Nile but when you are welcomed by unplanned buildings, it portrays on sight bad image of the region,” Alenyo added.
Mr Issac Opio, the land surveyor Pakwach town council advised the owners of dilapidated structures in the town to start renovating them.
He warned that once the town council gets the new plan, the old structures will be discarded.
Mr Abraham Waba, the Pakwach district business chairperson noted that lack of a modern plan has equally affected business as traders are scattered all over.
However, Waba is hopeful that with a good plan, many investors will come to Pakwach and create different jobs for youth; a move he said will enhance the council’s revenue base.
Meanwhile Mr Benson Okumu, the Pakwach town council chairperson observed that efforts are already underway to raise the said money to have the modern plan in place.
"I’m closely working with the town clerk to ensure that we get that money through different sources,” Okumu said.
He instead encouraged Pakwach town dwellers to cooperate with their leaders for the development of the town.