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First Training Center for Road Equipment Operators Commissioned :: Uganda Radionetwork
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First Training Center for Road Equipment Operators Commissioned

On Thursday, Fred Byamukama the Minister of State for Works and Transport commissioned the training center constructed at 10 acre piece of land acquired at Kakinzi village in Butuntumula sub-county, Luwero district.
Minister Fred Byamukama, DWMP Brenda Nabukenya and Luwero district leader touring classroom block at METRAC

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The first Road Equipment Operator Training Center has been commissioned in Luwero district.

The training center, worth approximately 9 billion Shillings was constructed by the Government with a grant from the Japanese government through the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The need for the center arose in 2015 when the government invested US$155 million to purchase 1,151 road construction equipment units from Japan.

However, there was a shortage of skilled operators to run the equipment, leading to heavy breakdowns and the need for expensive repairs. 

On Thursday, Fred Byamukama the Minister of State for Works and Transport commissioned the Mechanical Engineering Training and Advisory Center  (METRAC) constructed and equipped at the 10-acre piece of land acquired at Kakinzi village in Butuntumula sub-county, Luwero district.

Byamukama explained the center will be able to train 50 road equipment operators and will admit applicants with at least ‘O’ level certificates.

Byamukama says the training center is to intended save the government from expenses incurred due to rampant breakdown by unskilled personnel and ensure the durability of the equipment.

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Students will be offered certificates from the center upon completion of their courses.

Waiswa Bageya the Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Works and Transport said that the government intends to inject an extra 10 billion shillings in phase two to construct more facilities at the center which will include the cafeteria, powerhouse, dormitories, incinerator, and sports facility among others.

Bageya said this financial year, the Ministry has already budgeted one billion shillings to construct a kitchen and cafeteria at the center.

Yoshimura Tomotaka the consular at the Embassy of Japan said there was a delay in the implementation of the project due to the COVID-19 pandemic but was happy that it has finally been done. 

Tomotaka added that maintenance of the equipment is crucial so that they can be utilized for a long time.

Leaders in Luwero district welcomed the construction of the center within the area.

Erastus Kibirango the LCV Chairperson of Luwero District said that the center will train students on access roads hence many will be worked upon during the process.

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Ronald Ndawula, the National Resistance Movement Chairperson says that the residents will also benefit from selling agricultural produce to the students and trainers at the center.

Brenda Nabukenya the Luwero District Woman Member of Parliament and Bamunanika County Member of Parliament asked the Ministry to allocate special slots to train youths from the district.

The MPs also asked the Ministry of Works to maintain the facility in good condition after the Japanese government ends its funding.

The construction works have been executed by Cornerstone Design and Engineering Limited.

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