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The Norwegian government has constructed 104 new classroom blocks and renovated 27 others in 23 schools in Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Lamwo, Nwoya and Pader districts.
The Norwegian ambassador, Mr Thorbjorn Gaustandsether, said the Shs7.8 billion used to construct the classroom blocks was part of the money recovered from the Shs50 billion Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) funds misappropriated by officials in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Under the project implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), 230 pit-latrines were also constructed in the 23 schools and the classroom blocks were equipped with chairs and desks.
Speaking during the classroom blocks handover ceremony at Pacilo Gunya Primary School in Amuru District, Amb Gaustandsether said: “After realising that funds from Norway meant for reconstruction of northern Uganda through PRDP were misappropriated, we asked the government of Uganda to refund it us.”
He said a decision was taken by Norwegian government not to let a few corrupt officials in Kampala to cause total suspension of aid to northern region, thus they resorted to a charity organisation--- NRC to implement the construction of the classroom blocks.
Mr Gaustandsether said it was the Ugandan government’s responsibility to ensure that the number of teachers in the beneficiary schools is adequate.

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