The area, which is now covered by Adyel Division, is part of Lira Municipality, which was by 1914, first settled by the people belonging to the Lango tribe called Lira. In the same year, the Administrative Headquarter of Lango District (now Apac and Lira District was transferred from Nambieso to Lira. The reason for the transfer was mainly for the centrality of Lira in Lango District. Prior to 1914 the place now called Lira was known as “Bar”, a Luo word meaning area where there is no human settlement or simply an open land. The first people to settle in this area belonged to “Lira” clan of the Lango tribe, and when this first settlers were asked who they were, their answer was simply “we are the Lira people” hence the place became known as Lira a name it has retained up to date.
Location and size
Adyel Division is one of the four Divisions under Lira Municipal Council. It is in the Northern part of the municipality between the latitude of 20’17’ north of equator and longitude 32’56’ east of the principal meridian. It is bordered by Lira Sub-county in the North and West, Ojwina Division to the South, Railways Division in the East and Adekokwok Sub-county in the Northeast. The Division shares Ayer Road, (Lira – Kamdini) road with Ojwina Division as its South boundary, Netta, (Lira – Kitgum) road with Adekokwok Sub-county as its Eastern boundary and Okole wetland as its Northeastern boundary with Adekokwok Sub-county. To the North, there is no physical boundary, but Omito Ward of Adyel Division is continous with Omito Parish of Lira Sub-county.
The Division has political and administration hierarchy. The political arm is headed by the LC III Chairman with team of Secretaries in-charge of the sectors. These secretaries form the Executive Committee of the main council. The council is chaired by the speaker and is composed of Standing Committees and ordinary councilors.
The administrative arm is headed by the Senior Assistant Town Clerk who is the Chief Executive and the Accounting officer of the unit, under whom are civil servants like Division Treasurers, Extension staff, Council Agents and other support staff. The Town Clerk provides oversight supervision as per the Local Governments Act Cap. 243 and Local Government Finance and Accounting Regulations, 2007.
Administratively, Adyel is divided into eight wards of Akwoyo, Junior Quarters, Kirombe, Lango Central, Omito, Starch Factory, Teso A and Teso C with 20 cells in total.
Adyel Division has in place a substantively appointed Senior Assistant Town Clerk, Treasures, Assistant Treasurer, one Council Agents, Assistant Council Agent, one NAADS Co-ordinator, one ACDO and one Health Assistant.
PRODUCTION AND EXTENSION SERVICES
Adyel has 3 main markets: –
-Junior Quarters market is partially constructed and people evacuates due to construction works sponsored by NUSAF.
-Ebange market has been planned and plotted and construction has taken off.
-Cuk Olok planned and development started rapidly
There are other upcoming markets like Akwoyo and Odokomit growth centres. These markets have sanitation problems due to inadequate toilet facilities and refuse disposal/storage
Major crops grown
THE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
The overall goal of the division is to ensure that the division utilizes her natural, human and financial resources effectively and efficiently to change the social and economic lives of the population in a sustainable way and hence contribute towards poverty eradication.
Basing on the above literature, objectives of this DDP can be pointed out for this coming five years as follows:
• A food secure Division.
• Sustainable growth of local economy and subsequent increases in income of the population.
• Support to primary education.
• Increase accessibility to health facilities at a reasonable cost.
• Improve infrastructure, (road network), safe and clean water.
• Reduced HIV/AIDS.
• A truly open and transparent government.
• Properly maintained structures and facilities.
• Reduced gender gap.
• Increased revenue mobilization to meet planed service delivery levels.
• To encourage participatory planning at all levels.
The various sectoral strategies will be based on the following overall strategies:
• By involving the private sector in the development process
• By working closely with NGOs and CBOs to prevent duplication and thus inefficient use of resources for development
• By developing of maintenance plan for infrastructure
• By mainstreaming gender and other cross cutting issues
• By encouraging participatory planning process at all levels
• By encouraging means of production that would lead to increased productivity and income
• By encouraging parents to send their children to school and continue planning for development of primary school infrastructure
The development priorities of the division council over the next five years will be:-
•Physical infrastructure especially roads
•School infrastructure i.e. more classroom blocks, more teachers’ houses, latrines