Leaders in Lira are worried that there is minimal progress on the roads improvement project which is believed to have already consumed 14 of the allocated 37 billion shillings with 9 of its 15 months period already gone.
far, less than 10% progress has been registered since the inception of the
second phase of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development -USMID Project.
at Lira City are now worried over the slow progress of the work.
project targets to make improvements on the existing roads such as 0.18km
Obangakene road, Noteber 0.251km, Olwol road 0.534, Uhuru 0.3km and Boundary
road 2.177km among others. It will also include the completion of the
coronation park and construction of the children’s park at Adyel Division in
Lira City West Division.
Group and Abubaker Technical Services were awarded the 37.6 Billion Shillings
contract in April this year. The work which is expected to be complete in
15months stalled for over 3 months after contract signing and it started but at
a slow pace.
Agnes Auma, the Lira District Woman MP wondered why the project is not moving
despite having everything on ground.
leaves a question mark on the consulting firm because we signed the contracts
in April and up to date there is less than 10% work done yet they are expected
to finish in 15 months, how will that be possible?" she asked. "I have heard rumors that we
still do not have artistic impressions of the place but we have sunk close to
14billion shillings already. This is not acceptable.”
Chris Ongom, the chairperson Lira City Development Forum cited unfavorable
physical conditions and political interference as barriers to effective
implementation and development of the project.
urged the contractor and consultants to speed up on their work so that they do
not miss out the other opportunities that may come up since they have
in: “This current contract…
out: ... sure we address.”//
Edward Kiwanuka, the Town Clerk who attributed the delays to inconsistencies in the project designs says the work is now ongoing and hopes that the project will
be complete within the contract period.
in: “In the 3 months…'//
out: … compromise on standards.”//
Fred Owiny, the Lira City engineer acknowledged that some components of the
project are running but without its artistic impression.
in: “We have not…'//
out: …. was the position.”//
For Rose Olago, a maize flour vendor along Note Ber road is worried that her
business may collapse because the road works which has halted their businesses is
taking so long to be completed and yet COVID_19 had also negatively affected
in: “Wan oye dang….'//
out: ... ticoro keken.”//
Lira City is now
in the 5th year of implementing USMID project which has seen the
rehabilitation of several roads such as Obote Avenue, Soroti, Kwania, Maruzi,
Aduku road, Aroma lane under Phase I.