Lira District Local Government

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LIRA DISTRICT LOCAL GOVERNMENT Lira District is located in Lango sub-region in Northern Uganda and is bordered by the districts of Pader and Otuke in the North and North East, Alebtong in the East, Dokolo in the South and Apac in the West. Physically, the district lies between: Latitudes 1o 21’N, 2o 42”N Longitudes 320 51”E, 340 15”E The district covers approximately a total area 1326 km2 of which 1286.22 km2 is land area.It is one of the Districts that suffered the wrath of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency, which resulted into an influx of people from other Districts.

Vision statement To have a democratic prosperous society in a sustainable environment Lira District Mission statement To build and maintain a democratic prosperous society in a sustainable environment. Administrative and Local Government Units The district is composed of the following number of administrative units: Counties = 1 county and 1 Lira Municipal Council Sub-counties = 9 sub counties and 4 Divisions Parishes = 63 parishes and 20 wards in Lira Municipality Villages = 678 villages and 64 cells in Lira Municipality. Geology and Soils The geological formations in the district: – Basement complex (mainly undifferentiated acid gneiss) covering most of the district. Climate The continental climate of the district is modified by the large swamp area surrounding the southern part of the district. The rainfall in the district is bimodal with one peak during April-May and the other in August-October. The average annual rainfall in the district varies between 1200-1600 mm decreasing northwards. The rainfall is mainly convectional and normally comes in the afternoons and evenings. The average minimum and maximum temperatures are 22.50C and 25.50C, respectively. Absolute maximum temperature hardly goes beyond 360C, and absolute minimum hardly falls below 200C. The Equatorial Trough which brings rainfall passes over the district. The South easterly winds which also brings rains to the district passes over Lira. Land and sea breezes are common in the district. Wind run is low (1-4m/sec) during the rainy season and moderate (4-8m/sec) during the dry season. Lira District has one Higher Local Government, one Municipal Local Government (with 4 division LGs) and 9 Sub-county Local Governments. There are 1 County Administrative units, 63 parish administrative units, 20 wards administrative units, 678 village administrative units and 64 cell administrative units.

  • District creation                                         1974
  • Distance from Kampala is 375kms via Karuma- Kamdini .
  • Total area    1,326 km²
  • Land area                                    1154 km²
  • Area of water bodies
  • Population Density                314 persons per km²
  • Average household size            4.7
  • of households              108,691 with most homes being headed by men though there are women headed households and child headed households as well.
  • Number of Constituencies                                         03 (Erute North, Eute South and Lira Municipalities)
  • of sub counties                                 13
  • of Municipalities                                01
  • of parishes                                       89
  • of   villages                                       751

Lira District Area Size in Km2 by Sub-County

No. Sub-county Area size (km2) No. Sub-county Area size (km2)
1 Amach 215.3 Erute County Total 1,290
2 Agali 104.7 10 Adyel Division 12.6
3 Adekokwok 67.2 11 Ojwina Division 13.1
4 Ngetta 65.8 12 Lira Central Division 8.1
5 Ogur 145.9 13 Railways Division 2.2
6 Agweng 127.1   Municipality 36
7 Lira 85   Total 1326
8 Barr 293      
9 Aromo 186      

Population and Demographic Characteristics

The estimated population of the District, as of 2011 was 389,300. As of now, it is projected to be 416.100with an annual population growth rate of 3.6%.

The population figures alongside key demographic indicators for Lira District. Demography

  • Population projection (2013)                         416,100
  • of Males                                    202,900
  • of Females                                    213,200
  • Women (15-49 years)                        90,650 (22.5%)
  • Population (6-12 yrs) 84,310   (20.9%)
  • Adolescents (10 -24) years       131,100 (32.5%)
  • Youth (18-30 years)       90,400 (22.4%)
  • Children (0-18 years)         239,500 (59.4%)
  • Children 0-5 years                                100,620 (25%)
  • Older persons (60+ years)              8,280 (2.1%)
  • Ethnic grouping            Langi
  • Commonly spoken language            Lango
  • Population below poverty line            50%

  Annual Population growth rate                           3.6%

3 District Leadership

The District Council

This is the supreme organ of the District with Executive and Legislative Powers.

The District council comprises of 27 members with 15 males and 12 females.

The District Council is presided over by the District speaker and sits at least every two

months

The District Executive Committee

This is the organ of the District Council that manages the day today political matters of

the District on behalf of the District Council with Executive Powers

Standing Committees

These monitor the performance of the District Executive Committee and Technical

Departments on behalf of the District Council. They are 5 and include

  • Finance and Administration
  • Education and Health
  • Production and Natural Resources
  • Works and Technical Service
  • Community Based Services

Names and Titles of the District Leadership

N0. Designation Name
1 District Chairperson and Secretary for Finance. Hon. Alex Oremo Alot
2 District Vice Chairperson and Secretary for Health and Education. Hon. Andrew Ogwang Oryang
3 District Speaker Hon. Martin Ocen Odyek
4 Deputy Speaker Hon. Betty Akullu
5 District Executive Committee
  • Okello Ayo Secretary for Works and technical Services
  • Jennifer Oleko, Secretary for Community based services.
  • Ojuka Anthony Sec for Production and Natural Resources.
  • Opio Rashid for Works and technical services.
  • Santa Angella for CBS
  • Rita Ecil Production
  • Oyitakol for Finance
   
 

Chairperson Standing Committee

 
N0. Parliamentary Representation
1 The District is represented by 4 members of Parliament
Members of Parliament
  • Jimmy Akena – Lira Municipality Constituency
  • Joy Atim ongom – Woman MP, Lira District
  • Sam Engola – Erute South Constituency
  • Omara Adigi, Erute North Constituency

Representative of the Office of the President

01 Resident District Commissioner Mr. Odongo George
02 Deputy Resident Commissioner Mr. Lutumoi
 


District Technical Leadership

Chief Administrative Officer

The Chief Administrative Officer is Mr. Solomon Ssonko and is the head of District Public

Service. The CAO provides Strategic technical leadership, developing, reviewing, monitoring and implementation of policies plans budgets, and programmers of Central government and District

council. He is assisted by a number of technical officers;
  • Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
  • Principal Assistant Secretary
  • Assistant Chief Administrative Officer

The CAO supervises the following heads of Departments.

  • Stephen Lokope
  • Lillian Eyal
  • Otim Otto Denis
  • District Education Officer- George Milton Abua
  • District Planner- Henry Omoo
  • Chief Finance Officer- Geoffrey Ebonga
  • District Production and marketing Officer- Dr Okwir Wilson.
  • District Engineer- Richard Enen
  • Community Development Officer- Christine Anono
  • Natural Resources Officer-FabiusOtike
State of Service Delivery in Lira District Local Government

The above heads of departments are responsible for Service Delivery in their departments being supervised by CAO.

Basic public services such as education, health, roads and agricultural advisory are essential to the local and national economy. The quality of these services provided to citizens is the ultimate measure of performance of government.

Service Delivery Indicators in Lira District (2012/13)

Primary Education Services

Education

  • No of government aided Primary schools               93
  • No of private Primary schools                  13
  •  No of government aided secondary schools 07
  • No of private secondary schools    12
  • No of technical schools                                  06
  • No of Ordinary primary teachers colleges      01
  • No of Nurses’ training schools                 04
  • Primary school enrolment (2014)                     85,609
  • Pupil teacher ratio(National standard is 52:1)     65:1
  • Desk-Pupil ratio( National standard is 3:1) 6:1
  • Pupil-classroom ratio                              84:1
  • Latrine stance pupil ratio            1:150
  • PLE performance Div 1 Total (2011)                663
  • PLE performance Div 1 Girls
  • Dropout rate                 7%

By ongompaul