Consultants have embarked on the feasibility study head of the proposed
construction of Akii-Bua Stadium in Lira district.The Sports State Minister, Denis
Hamson Obua introduced the consultants to Lira district local government on Friday
The 90 day’s exercise will cost Shillings 424 million. A feasibility study is an assessment of the practicality of the project. It is
meant to identify and assess opportunities and threats to the environment, resources
required for the project and the prospects for its success.
It also involves
identifying the potential relevant impact of the construction; alternative solutions
to compensate for the adverse impact on biodiversity. Obua says the consultants are expected to undertake the
study in line with the Chinese grant for the construction of the stadium.
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He said they expect the consultants to complete the work
within 90 days and compile a report for submission to the Ministries of Education
and Sports and Foreign Affairs. Obua thanked Lira District for availing land for the project
and asked the authorities to protect it from encroachment.
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Lamex Omara Apita, the Commissioner Physical Education in Ministry
of Education, who represented the Permanent Secretary, explained the difference
in the costs for the feasibility studies of Akiibua and Buhinga stadium.
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Ben Ogwete Otim, the Lira Chief Administrative Officer, said that once
completed the stadium will only contribute to the development of Lango but
Uganda at large.
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Jackson K. Muhwezi, the Managing Partner Habitat Consultants, who boasted about
their vast experience promised to deliver the work within the stipulated time.
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construction of Akii-bua Olympic stadium in Lira and Buhinga stadium in
Kabarole- Fort portal is in line with president, Yoweri Museveni’s directive in
2009. Akii-bua Olympic stadium will comprise an international aquatic center,
indoor gymnasium, training field and hotel.
Museveni promised to construct the stadium in honour of
Uganda’s first Olympic gold medalist,
John Akii-Bua. In February 2016, Sam Odongo, the Assistant Commissioner for
Sports at the Ministry of Education Science and Technology received the site
from the then Lira District local government administration on behalf of the
Subsequently, government allocated more than Shillings 600million
the following year for the preliminary work on the 18-acre piece of land in
Erute Parish, Central Division. In 2019, Lira district authorities handed over
the land to Lango football Province team to use the facility as well as develop
Currently, the site has a perimeter wall, VIP latrine and the pavilion built by
the government. It also has a football
pitch constructed by well-wishers and business community across Lango