Nebbi village communities have agreed to donate over 80 acres of land in Kucwiny sub-county to resettle South Sudanese refugees.
According to the Nebbi LC V District Vice Chairperson, Geoffrey Okello Anecho, the villagers of both Jupala and Jafur-nga agreed to this following a request by the Office of the Prime Minister and the United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) to provide a place to hoist the refugees.
Anecho added that after the official signing of the memorandum of understanding, the community and settlers will be guided on environmental management. Consequently they have been guided to mark off areas and trees which need to be preserved..
He noted that infrastructural development such as schools, health facilities, road opening and job creation will be the immediate benefits for the communities.
The area Councilor representing Kuchwiny sub-county, Morris Kwach, implored residents to grow more food crops that would help in feeding their families and the refugees. He warned against laziness and misconduct among the community to de-escalate HIV/Aids prevalence in the district.
Meanwhile, in relation to environmental protection, the NUSAF3 Desk Officer for Nebbi and Pakwach Distric, Charles Muswa, has decried the high level of destruction of tree seedlings already planted by animals and encroachers in Pachaka parish in Erussi sub,county.
Muswa revealed that 259 million seedlings and trees in Agwechi community forest reserve have been destroyed by animals and encroachers. He said that some villagers deliberately left their animals to graze on the planted and well grown trees.
He noted that over 200 acres of Mahogany, Eucalyptus and pine had been planted in the forest reserve within the village but encroachers and domestic animals have since destroyed half of the plantation.
Muswa further revealed that apart from destruction, the NUSAF 3 project has also suffered from land conflict among the villagers.
The District Internal Security Officer (DISO), Raphael Vundhu, has requested the relevant authorizes to arrest and prosecut those grazing animals in the forest and destroying the tree seedlings, since this is an act of destruction and vandalism, which is illegal.