April 15, 2024

Tekwaro Lango Chief calls for more dev’t programs

HH/DR.ENG.Michael Moses Odongo Okune

By Denis Okello (denis.okello@vol.co.ug)

Lira

The leader of Tekwaro Lango Eng. Dr. Michael Moses Odongo Okune has called on government to boost support towards development of Lango which is lagging behind as Uganda marks its 61st independence.

Odongo Okune said Lango has not realized much strides in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN aiming to realize an end to HIV/AIDs, malaria among others by 2030.

Odongo said there is a lot of development gap in areas of health, education, access to clean water, among others in Lango.

He cited 20.1% of girls in Lango who drop out of school due to teenage pregnancies.

Odongo Okune said research has estimated that out of 498,657 people in Lango, 35.6% sleep in own decent houses while 64.4% live in grass thatched houses, 98% use firewood or charcoal for cooking which is contributing to destruction of the environment.

However, he thanked the government for putting in place poverty alleviation projects like Parish Development Model, UWEP, Youth Livelihood Program, Special Disability Grant, Emyooga among others to improve the lives of Ugandans.

Odongo also thanked schools like; Fountainhead Institute of Management and technology, Victoria Nurses Training School, Uganda Martyrs University, St Francis Nurses Training School, Ministry of Works and Transport and National Forestry Authority for supporting developments in Lango.

He further asked government to construct Akii Bua stadium to host the upcoming AFCON 2027 edition to benefit local businesses.