THE State Minister for Relief and Disaster preparedness, Musa Ecweru, has warned Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) against extravagance and corruption.
He said NGOs would only create an impact if they stopped looking for credit like politicians.
â€œIn Acholi region, NGOs are over crowded and they donâ€™t know who is doing what. Soon you will receive a circular from the permanent secretary from the office of the prime minister to coordinate your operations without duplication of work,â€ Ecweru said.
He was meeting NGO officials and development partners who operate in Amuru and Gulu districts recently.
The minister advised NGOs to concentrate on particular sub-counties if their impact was to be felt.
He added that much as their capacity had been weakened by the credit crunch, NGOs should try to improve on the conditions of the internally displaced persons.
â€œBe transparent. There is corruption but let us use the resources at our disposal to create change,â€ Ecweru said.
â€œIn Masindi, a borehole was claimed by two organisations. After commissioning the borehole, two days later I was again invited by another organisation to commission the same borehole,â€ he said.
The minister told the NGOs to take note that the situation in northern Uganda had changed from emergency to reconstruction.
â€œAll NGO emergency programmes should be coming to an end and they should re-focus on return, recovery and development,â€ Ecweru said.
He urged the NGOs to invest in infrastructural development in education, health and water.
The Gulu vice-chairman, Makmot Kitara, advised NGOs to incorporate tree planting activities to protect the environment in the north that had been damaged by the war.
He also warned the NGOs against giving rotten seeds and fake farm tools to the people returning to their villages.
Ecweru blasts NGOs