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UGX 40 Billion Aquapark Project Fails to Take Off

In 2018, residents of Onekgwok, Teboke, Rwakicaja and Abongokere in Tarogali parish, Ibuje Sub County offered 556 acres of Community land to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to pave way for the implementation of the project.

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The construction of a water dam in Ibuje Sub County Apac district under the Aquaculture Project has failed to take off following the disappearance of the contractor from the site.

In 2018, residents of Onekgwok, Teboke, Rwakicaja and Abongokere in Tarogali parish, Ibuje Sub County offered 556 acres of Community land to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to pave way for the implementation of the project.

The Ministry then handed over the site of the proposed Aquaculture Park to Hard Scream Logistic Limited for the construction works valued at Shillings 40billion that was expected to commence in June 2018.     

However, there is nothing on the ground to show for the project. Cosantino Okao, the LCII Chairperson of Tarogali parish, says that the project is long overdue.  

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Lilly Amolo, a resident of Teboke Village is worried that the project has delayed to start. She suspects foul play in the project and calls for the intervention of the line ministries.

Alex Ogota, the LC III chairperson of Ibuje Sub County, says that the project, which was intended to improve livelihoods, has left locals without hope.

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Emman Ngabiriano, the Apac Resident District Commissioner, says that they are following up on the matter. 

Joyce Ikwaput Nyeko, the acting commissioner of aquaculture management and development, said the ministry is still sorting out the issue of compensation before work can commence. 

Similarly, David Russell, the European Union chief technical adviser says that the project will soon kick off after completion of the issue of compensation. 

“EU by its nature gives a lot of money but they demand accountability for it. I am told they are still sorting out the issue of compensation,” he said. 

The Aquapark project will comprise fish farming targeting to employ over 3,000 locals, according to the project design.    

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