The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has appealed to the people of Nebbi to stop destructive activities along River Nyagaka, which are affecting the generation and supply of electricity in the area.
“Cultivating along the river banks contributes is key to the lowering of water levels and effects power generation at the dam, leading to low power supply in the area,” said Kadaga.
She was speaking at a Thanksgiving Ceremony for Hon. Jacqueline Rama Aol (Nebbi district), which was held at Nacyera Primary School in Nebbi on Friday, 23rd June 2017.
The West Nile Region is currently facing a shortage of electricity attributed to low water levels. Only one turbine is working at the dam on River Nyagaka.
The Speaker asked the local leaders in the area to advise and sensitise the farmers to stop the practice of cultivation on river banks, as government embarks on de-silting the river to improve on the water levels.
The Speaker advised the locals to reject Operation Wealth Creation items which do not match their needs, or which are supplied late after the planting seasons.
She said that the programme was intended to improve rather not create problems for farmers.
Kadaga promised to work with government to open up feeder roads to enable farmers transport their produce to the market. She also promised to advocate for more road equipment for the new municipality.
Hon. Jacquelin Aol told the community that faith, love and oneness, will develop Nebbi.
“If all the people practice this, Nebbi will be strong and will develop,” she said.
She appealed to the government for water supply and distribution to help the community with food production.