Buliisa should be declared a hard-to-reach area – officials

Buliisa

Leaders of Buliisa have petitioned the government to declare the district a hard-to- reach area. The district chairperson, Mr Fred Lukumu, told Bunyoro Affairs state minister Ernest Kiiza that the district is losing many senior technocrats to the difficulties in the district.

Situated in the Albertine grabben where oil deposits have been discovered, Buliisa is largely rural, with majority of residents being either fishermen or subsistence farmers. “It is hard for us to attract and retain the required technical manpower,” Mr Lukumu told Mr Kiiza during a recent consultative meeting on the proposed Bunyoro Integrated Affirmative Development project.

Others district officials told the minister that besides braving a harsh arid climate, district also struggle to access water, power and other social amenities.

The district health specialist, Mr Hannington Tibaijuka, said health workers lack accommodation which demoralises them. “One residential house at Buliisa health centre IV is occupied by six families. Officers lack privacy and it becomes difficult for them to enjoy their conjugal rights,” he explained.

Mr Ernest Kiiza promised to raise liaise with the relevant government authorities to address them. He also said the government will rectify challenges hindering service delivery in Bunyoro sub-region.

“Government has already extended a hydro power line to this district and Buliisa will also benefit from an infrastructural development project that is funded by the World Bank,” Mr Kiiza said.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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