By MICHAEL OJOK
Gulu district Council on Wednesday afternoon passed a budget of Uganda Shs.30 billion for the 2018/19 financial year.
The approved new budget saw an increment of Shs. 2.7 billion from ending financial year`s 27.3 billion.
Education took the lion share of the budget with 12.5 billion allocations followed by administration with Shs. 7.4 billion and Health taking Shs. 4.5 billion.
Other sectors like production and marketing scooped Shs. 1.4 billion, finance got Shs. 450 million and statutory bodies being allocated Shs. 547 million shillings.
Gulu district LCV chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi said the increase in the budget calls for greater efforts in restorations of access to essential services such as schools, health services, water and opening and maintenance of feeder roads in the district.
“The increase on the budget calls for the more efforts in restorations of access to essential services like schools, health services, water and feeder road openings among others,” Mapenduzi echoed.
The secretary for finance Simon Peter Oola says the district is hoping to consolidate and strengthen sustainable platforms for economic development in the district from the local communities.
Oola, a LC5 Councilor for Pece division and doubling as vice chairperson Gulu district said the money shall be realized from local revenues from the Sub Counties, Central government transfers and grants among others.
“We hope to realize the money, conditional grants, local revenues, central government transfers for the wage bills of the government employees among others,” Oola added.