By Walter Odongkara
Lira municipality with funding from Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) project will now start construction of Obote Avenue, Kwania and Soroti roads in the next phase which starts next month. This was revealed by Eng Emmanuel Tom Ojuka who is a Municipality infrastructure development specialist from housing and urban development ministry, during a visit to ascertain the progress registered in the construction of Rwot Aler, Aroma and Oyam roads. The construction of the roads are also being funded by USMID.
Speaking at the Lira municipal council hall yesterday, Eng Ojuka said Arua, Gulu and Lira municipalities are the best performing from the 14 municipalities that are benefitting from the project. He also added that after signing the contract to start construction of the roads in the next phase, the companies should endeavour to use all the money in 12 months for it not to be taken back to world bank.
Lira Chief Administrative Officer Assy Abirebe was also thankful for the completion of the Rwot Aler, Aroma Lane and Oyam roads. He added that the municipality is now ready for the handover of the roads once it is fully completed. This is expected to be in 2 weeks.
Abirebe added that the construction of Obote Avenue, Kwania and Soroti roads will start in July. They all add up to 3 Kilometers.
Lira municipality mayor Mike Ogwang Veve was thankful to the companies constructing the roads for their corporation which led to the successful (near) completion of the roads.
Lira Residents District Commission Robert Abak urged politicians to not politicise developments because they come for every citizen.
Cyrus Sebwota from the AB consultants, one of the companies constructing the roads said they are remaining with only a few touch ups before they hand over the roads.
Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) project is a World Bank supported project, which Government has implemented since 2013.
The purpose of the five-year project is to expand urban infrastructure and enhance the capacity of 14 Municipal Local Governments of Arua, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Moroto, Mbale, Tororo, Jinja, Entebbe, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Fort Portal and Hoima to generate own source revenues, improve urban planning, strengthen financial management, procurement and environmental and social programs.
In Lira municipality other roads that have been constructed using the fund include; Aduku Road, Oyite Ojok Road, Imat Maria Road, Maruzi Road, Awange Mola Road, Ambobhai Road all totaling 2.285 kms.