Presidential Office Initiates Inspections in West Nile and Lango Regions

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The Office of the President, in collaboration with various government agencies, is conducting oversight inspections in West Nile and Lango sub-regions to evaluate the quality of public service delivery. These inspections are aimed at addressing issues of poverty and subpar public services.

The Minister of State in the Office of the President responsible for Economic Monitoring, Beatrice Akello Akori, announced the exercise, which is scheduled to commence on October 31, 2023. It will cover Arua City and several districts in West Nile and Lango, including Arua, Madi-Okollo, Adjumani, Pakwach, Alebtong, Otuke, Amolatar, Kole, and Oyam.

Over the past two decades, the Ugandan government has invested substantially in improving public services, including infrastructure, education, health, and access to production inputs. However, despite these efforts, there is a widespread belief that resources have not translated into effective service delivery, and poverty rates remain unacceptably high.

Approximately 39% of Ugandan households still operate in a subsistence economy, and many citizens across the country face difficulties in accessing adequate and high-quality public services. To address these challenges, the Office of the President is conducting oversight inspections to assess the progress of central and local government projects and programs, aiming to enhance accountability and promote learning.

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The oversight inspections align with the office’s mandate, and they are carried out to identify and address issues hindering service delivery or necessitating policy reviews. Previous exercises in various sub-regions and districts have led to the completion of abandoned projects, recovery of stolen funds, and disciplinary actions against government officials involved in corruption.

The current inspection will focus on identifying constraints to effective service delivery and formulating actionable recommendations. These recommendations may involve administrative measures, stakeholder engagement, prosecution, or policy reviews. To facilitate this process, a Cabinet information paper will be prepared, ensuring a focus on improved service delivery for the benefit of Ugandan citizens.

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