President Museveni has commissioned multibillion road works for the construction of the 100 km Rwekunyu-Apac-Lira-Puranga road with an original contract price of Shs 337,526,153,350 in a 36 months projection duration.
Once complete, the road is expected to improve access to markets, improve access to social services, enhance increased inter-regional trade volumes and reduce transport costs as well as travel time in the fast-growing northern part of Uganda.
Speaking on Wednesday during the ceremony at Anai Primary School outside Lira City, the President said that in planning for development, government considers priorities.
“Government had to start with the construction of the road from Tororo, Soroti, Kamudini, Pakwach up to Arua to soften the work load on the triangle road network in the region. The road from Tororo to Kamudini is also going to be done afresh,” he said.
The President said government has invested a lot in infrastructure development and there are a lot more roads to be done to transform the country.
The project was packaged into 2 Lots for ease of execution.
Lot 1 – Rwenkunyu-Apac Road (90.9Km), was awarded to Sadeem Al Kuwait General Trading & Contracting Company, Kuwait.
Lot 2 – Apac – Lira –Purang’a (100.1km) was awarded to Gulsan Insaat Sanayi Turizm Nakliyat Ve Tecaret A.S. Turkey.
According to the Uganda National Roads Authority boss, Allen Kagina, the upgrading of Rwenkunye-Apac- Lira – Puranga Road (191km) to paved standard will increase the connectivity in the region and ensure a stable, all weather connection with the rest of the country.
“The project will contribute towards improving road transportation and trade facilitation along the above-mentioned corridor, this improving transport services and agricultural productivity by connecting remote and disadvantaged districts to the main road network. Therefore, the project will serve to address the central objectives of the Government of Uganda, namely, poverty eradication and regional integration,” she said.
The Government of Uganda is represented by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) with funding support from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is implementing the upgrading from gravel to paved (Bitumen) standard of Rwenkunye–Apac–Lira–Puranga Road (191km).
The Rwenkunye–Apac–Lira–Puranga Road project is part of the National Roads Development and Maintenance Programme.
President Museveni said government is designing a cable-stayed bridge at Masonville port like the one of Jinja.
“Later, the Government will construct more roads like the one from Dokolo to Namasale to the lake, shortening the distance between Lango, Nakasongola and Kampala,” said Museveni, adding, “In the future, we shall have a road from Soroti- Obalanga- Amudat- Acholi-Pi. The plans are many and as our revenue improves, more of these projects will be executed.”
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya said Uganda has seen many positive changes under the President’s good leadership especially improved road networks.
The Minister of State for Minerals, Hon. Peter Lokeris thanked the President for fulfilling his pledge.
“The work will start. The machines are on ground. We are grateful. Thanks for the development of this country,” he said.