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Amuru Residents Construct 5 Kilometer Community Road :: Uganda Radionetwork

Amuru Residents Construct 5 Kilometer Community Road

400 casual workers were employed to undertake construction works. They carry out bush clearing, paving water runways and levelling among others.
21 Oct 2020 11:50
Women participate in community access road work that links Amuru and Gulu districts. Photo by Michael Ojok

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Residents of Amilobo Village, Lamogi Sub County, Amuru District are constructing a 5.5km community access road that links them to Lamogi Sub County.

The 130 Million Shillings road is being funded through the Northern Uganda Social Action - NUSAF III programme under the Office of the Prime Minister.

400 casual workers, who are residents in the area were employed to undertake construction works. They carry out bush clearing, paving water runways and leveling among others. The district provides residents with technical support.

Each of the workers is paid 5,500 Shillings daily which is payable after every ten days from onset of the work.  

Christine Aciro, a resident says that the money they are generating from the project is helping vulnerable families make ends meet and provide food and other essential necessitates.

However, she is sceptical about the sustainability and impact of the road construction due to lack of a bridge along Atyabar River which can connect them to produce markets in Gulu and Elegu Town Council.

According to Aciro, they are currently using temporally logs, but some were washed away by the heavy rains paralyzing movements of people and goods.

Denis Okello, a resident says they are grappling with the inadequate tools for work, mostly spades which is slowing the pace of work. He says some people are now forced to use their bare hands to desilt soil to create water runways.

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Geoffrey Opoka, the Lead Local Artisan supervisor, says the budget allocated to buy tools is very minimal, a reason why few tools, especially spades were acquired.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson Amuru district says he will meet his counterpart of Gulu District and plan on constructing a bridge so that accessibility between the two districts is eased.

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Amuru district has been struggling to open and rehabilitate its roads which are in a poor state, due to lack of finance from the Central Government. Some of the roads in poor states include Amuru town- Omer road, Bana to Lajalula among others.