By Moses Alinda
ARUA: Leaders in Arua Central Division have committed themselves to conserve and protect the natural environment around River Osu in Arua central division in Arua city.
The commitment was made on Monday afternoon during the evaluation of a one year project on enhancing climate justice for gender equity along river Osu organised by West Nile Women for Development Club.
On Saturday, West Nile Women for Development Club and members of the community along River Osu took part in cleaning the garbage in the river so that it gains its natural state.
Osuga Rasul, the speaker of Arua central division who is also the councillor representing Awindiri ward to Arua central division said they have come in partnership with a bank to distribute the dustbins to all the members of the community within the central division.
He says this will help to reduce the dumping of the garbage in the river and it will be mandatory for every family to have a dustbin.
Vidal Lomori victor the deputy speaker Arua central division who is also the councillor representing Pangisa upper ward to Arua central division said they have allocated more money to the health department so that it can cater for the fuel and garbage is collected timely to avoid dumping it in river Osu.
Dawaru Mary the Arua city environment officer said what has been started by West Nile Women for Development Club needs to be sustained by the city council because the rivers help the community in various ways.
She says the council needs to allocate some money for sensitization annually to the people on the benefits of rivers.
Nezima Ocokoru the chairperson West Nile Women for Development Club says they have trained the community around river Osu to turn the garbage into wealth.
She further says the people surrounding river Osu had failed to use the river positively which had been done through training on urban farming.
Lilian Driwaru the coordinator of the club says they have heard a number of training and community dialogues to see that the community members transform.
They have trained a number of women on how to use the brickets instead of charcoal which is a cheaper method of cooking.
West Nile Women for Development Club have been running the project with a number of stakeholders which include the political leaders, media, civil society organisations, business community among others.
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