The road starts in Atiak at a junction of the Gulu-Atiak-Nimule highway and runs a north-westerly direction traversing through the trading centres of Dzaipi, Pakelle and ends up at the ferry landing site on the Albert Nile.
and the European Union have sunk Shillings 16.3billion into upgrading the 66 kilometer
stretch of Atiak-Laropi road that connects Acholi and West Nile sub-region. The
road runs from Atiak at the junction of Gulu-Atiak-Nimule highway and runs North
West traversing through Dzaipi and Pakelle trading center and ends up at the
docking site on Albert Nile.
the road to bitumen II (tarmac) standard that commenced in March 2020 is
expected to end in 2023. The project is being undertaken by Strabag
International, an Austrian based multinational construction company. Dickens
Kidega, a commuter taxi driver on the Gulu-Atiak-Adjumani route, says for decades
the gravel road has been a menace posing navigational challenges to motorists
due to multiple gullies and potholes.
a roadside merchant at Pakelle Town Council, says there is already a sigh of
relief because of the reduction in clouds of dust that annually threatens their
businesses especially during the dry season. Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the
Amuru Resident District Commissioner has asked the contractor and Uganda
National Roads Authority-UNRA to consider opening up 2-kilometers of tarmac
road in Atiak Town Council as part of their corporate social
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a Commissioner in the Office of the Prime Minister who led the EU delegation in a spot monitoring visit to the road project on Thursday said the road will
contribute towards improving transportation and facilitate trade along
Uganda-South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo corridors.
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Head of Section – Inclusive Green Economy under the EU, Palvos Evangelidis, on
the other hand observed that the new Atiak-Laropi road will create
opportunities by connecting remote areas through enhancement of transport
services and agricultural productivity.
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Bernard Ocan, the Deputy Team Leader and an on-site Resident Consultant
Engineer told URN that the ongoing road upgrade includes the construction of
docking piers on the Albert Nile at Umi, Adjumani and across the river at
Laropi in Moyo District.
The road project is being implemented under the Development Initiative for
Northern Uganda (DINU) Programme with joint funding by the European Union 85%
and Government of Uganda 15%.
The project road also traverses Amuru, Adjumani and Moyo Districts along the
Uganda-South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.