Naads plans stall as official goes to school

Monday January 11 2010

By Richard Otim


The National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads) programme in Amuria District has stalled due to shortage of funds.

The district has failed to access Shs190 million recently sent from the government after the Naads coordinator, Mr Vincent Ekiyar, the sole signatory to the bank account holding the funds, reportedly abandoned his job four months ago for studies abroad.

The acting Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Richard Alioka, said Naads activities in the district are expected to resume soon as a new official to manage the activities has been identified. He said Dr Peter Chelli, who has been the district veterinary officer, has been reassigned to head the Naads programme in the district.

“Soon the programme will resume. There had been a small snag but all has been sorted,” Mr Alioka said. According to a report of the Naads National Joint Task Force initiated three months ago to evaluate the use of Naads resources, over 50 officials across the country have been arrested in connection with abuse of the programme.