National News

GULU UNIVERSITY FINALIZES COMPENSATION OF PAPS IN MOROTO

Gulu University Constituent College Moroto is a 2016 presidential pledge of a public university to the people of the Karamoja sub-region.

By James Ojok Onono

MOROTO: Gulu University Management has announced that they have finalized compensating the Project Affected Persons (PAPs) in Nadunget Sub County in Moroto district.

They will now proceed with the construction of administration and lecture blocks since the process of compensating the Project Affected Persons (PAP) is now complete with the implementation of the seventh phase.

This was revealed by Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah, the Vice Chancellor of Gulu University, while addressing residents of Nadunget sub-county who gave their land for the construction of the Gulu University Constituent College of Agriculture in Moroto.

Prof. Openjuru said that Gulu University now requires their continued support at the construction site and for them to be the first-line security team for the construction project.

“Provide us security for the construction and come as labor force and earn some money because this community partnership is not ending anytime,’’ he noted.

Prof. Openjuru told the community members that the big dream for the university is to cause socio-economic transformation in various spheres of life, such as improvement in community livelihoods and development.

This transformation, according to him, will be done by meeting the needs that would crop up near the university, but above all, the need for their children’s education up to the university level.

They were assured that “this is the last public compensation; whatever remains shall be handled on a case-by-case basis”. Prof. Openjuru also expressed hope that the community is putting the money they are getting to good use.

“We shall be happy to see you as the first people who will be changing infrastructural development around the university”. Prof. Openjuru observed.

Prof. Openjuru added that there is hope that the university will enhance cooperation with its neighbors in Kenya and other regions of Northern Uganda.

This cooperation should lead to the general betterment of co-existence brought about through a robust mindset transformation that would, in the long run, allow free thinking that life is not all about cows only, especially among Karamojongs and the neighboring pastoral community.

Mrs. Obbo Mary Theresa, the University Council Chairperson, applauded the community members for being supportive of the project.

“Your cooperation was not just with Gulu University; you have fully cooperated with the government and the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, as this was his pledge for a university in Karamoja in 2016,” she noted.

The chairperson of the council also used the occasion to mobilize community members for tree planting on university land.

“When we are ready, we shall invite you to plant trees because there is going to be a greening of the place. If you plant a tree, it shall have its scientific name and your family name as part of the recognition”. She said.

Dr. Sidonia Angom Ochieng, the Chairperson Taskforce Force for the Constituency College, said she could see that the struggle that they started in 2017 is coming to fulfillment as, together with Moroto district local government, they were able to convince people to allow their land to be surveyed, valued, and titled without first compensating them since the government could not give the money at once.

“We had 294 PAPS, and we started paying them in phases from the financial year 2019/2020 to date, the 7th and last phase. We started by compensating the first people to give us land in that order: the villages of Namatwe, Nacuka, and Komareth, and the majority of the people today are from Oputiput village”. Said Dr.Sidonia.

Background:

Gulu University Constituent College Moroto is a 2016 presidential pledge of a public university to the people of the Karamoja sub-region.

Since 2017, the Gulu University Council, together with the Ministry of Education and Sports, has been planning for resources to first track compensation with infrastructural development for administration and lecture blocks as the next development agenda for the university. To this, 6.8 billion is earmarked for the next financial year, 2023–2024.

The total land for the project, covering the four villages of Namatwe, Nacuka, Komareth, and Oputiput, is 734 acres, with UGX 6.5 billion for compensation. With this exercise, compensation is complete.

Do you have a story about your community or an opinion to share with us? Email us at theugreports@gmail.com.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also
Close
Back to top button