The highway has deteriorated from around areas of For-God in Gulu City West Division through to Keyo-Awer; Parabongo, Pabbo and Atiak Townships. More than 20 people have perished along the road in the last two years are direct result of traffic accidents.
The Gulu-Atiak-Nimule highway has developed several potholes six
years after it was commissioned in 2015.
The road spans 106km from Gulu City up to Elegu Town Council
connects Uganda to the Republic of South Sudan. Constructed by China Henan
International Corporation (CHICO), a Chinese construction Group, the
road has become the most important and busiest corridor in terms of
transportation of goods and services.
The highway has deteriorated from around areas of For-God in
Gulu City West Division through to Keyo-Awer; Parabongo, Pabbo and Atiak
Townships. More than 20 people have perished along the road in the last
two years as are a result of traffic accidents.
Keith Aggrey Akera, a resident of Pupwonya North Parish who lost
his brother in 2019 days since its completion in 2015, the road has quickly
been wearing out something he attributes to possible shoddy work and heavy load
trucks transporting goods and services to South Sudan.
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Leonard Komakech, a concerned rider and resident of Atiak Township also recalls
losing a brother on the highway partly because of potholes. He noted that
several trucks have overturned or involved in fatal road accidents in failed
attempt to dodge potholes.
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Christopher Odongkara, the Pabbo Sub-County Chairperson LCIII observes
that the potholes are expanding daily following the movement of heavy traffic
flow along the great north road and requires major repairs to save lives.
The District Secretary for Works and Technical Services, Martin Akera, says
potholes are increasingly threatening the lives of many roads users and need
urgent repairs are needed. Akera says the district has already notified Uganda
National Roads Authority – UNRA for possible intervention.
Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the Resident District Commissioner, said
that the potholes have become a security threat and that their assessment
conducted on the status quo discovered up to 89 different depressions that
require rehabilitation work.
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The potholes have become dangerous not only for
drivers, but for motorcyclists, pedestrians,
and road workers.
Since gaining its independence, South Sudan has positively
impacted exportation from her neighbouring Uganda through Amuru because of the
geographical and distance advantages that ease the exportation of various
industrial raw materials, agricultural and essential products.
The residents also want the local peoples to be adequately
sensitized about traffic rules and be aware of the speed and power of vehicles,