By Our Reporter
The Uganda National Roads Authority Executive Director, Mrs. Allen Kagina and the senior management team inspected the road network in the Karamoja region to ensure all roads project works are of the required standards and completed on time .
Mrs. Kagina and the new team at UNRA is now conducting routine on the spot checks for all UNRA road works as the organization recovers from the malaise of the previous management characterized with wide spread corruption and financial mismanagement.
Senior management team toured the region in a bid to inspect the roads network and have a first-hand account of the roads,have a better view of what challenges road users face, and how better to plan on connecting Uganda and to give Ugandans a great user experience.
The team met local leaders of Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit and Amudat districts and shared UNRA’s plans on road development and term maintenance of roads, road infrastructure protection and safety, communal sensitization on child protection among others.
“I am very happy to be on the road than in my office in Kampala. Our mandate is not to sit in Kampala and make directives. Our job and that of our directors will be more visible on the road than in offices,” said Ms. Kagina during a meeting with local leaders.
While inspecting the roads, the team identified the rough terrain on the roads which connect the different districts and also link Uganda to Kenya.
The Executive director called on the locals to own the roads and productively be part of the project in order to improve their livelihoods and get value for their money as taxpayers.
“We want this road to provide you with jobs and a source of income. We want you to own this work as our partners in infrastructure development. We want this road to improve your communities source of income,” said Ms. Allen Kagina to locals in Napak .
“The road is supposed to improve the livelihoods of the people and we want to work towards achieving the objective,” ED informed the locals at Napak sub-county.
Referring to the recent road accidents rate in the country, the executive director called upon the leaders including the security agencies to help in curbing the vice of individuals who steal and vandalize road furniture.
“If you steal the cats eyes, the next thing will be accidents. We have money to put road furniture once and not again. We can’t budget for stealing,”said.
The construction of the 93.3km Moroto-Nakapiripirit road that commenced in 2013 is substantially complete with 99% of physical works progress and now under defects liability period.
Eng. Ronald Olaki, the Project Manager said the main project has been taken over by UNRA however the major activity is currently on the improvement of the 8.9km of the Moroto town roads that commenced early this year.
“The progress of the town roads that was meant to last for five months is at 32% and the major activities ongoing include the construction of sub-base, base and priming of base,” Olaki reveals.
He added that works on the town roads were expected to be complete by June this year however due to bad weather in the region, there is going to be need for extension in completion time.
The construction of the Moroto-Nakapiripirit road is by China Roads and Bridges under in-house supervision by the construction and supervision unit.