30 September 2012

Uganda: Government Starts Road Construction Company

Frustrated by delays and high costs of constructing roads by private companies, government has resorted to establishing a national construction company to swiftly construct roads.

The plan was revealed by the state minister for the ministry of works and transport John Byabagambi on the sidelines of transport sector review workshop at Hotel Africana on Friday.

The minister said they have already trained UPDF engineers who will constitute the team of engineers to make up the company and some of these engineers are working on the reconstruction of Kololo Airstrip.

Augustine Mugisha, the chief engineer tasked to implement the project said construction company will cost Uganda $70m to implement.

"We want the company to do most of the jobs foreign construction companies have been doing because it is has been very expensive for us to hire them," Mugisha revealed.

Mugisha said their mission is to ensure that the company is given the capacity to at least construct 50 kilometers of roads every month.He said President Yoweri Museveni is very committed to the project and has promised that its official implementation will be provided for in the next national budget.

In the same workshop, the works and transport minister Eng. Abraham Byandaala warned public servants and contractors responsible for shoddy work in roads construction that their days are numbered.

"We are tired of people who play with our scarce resources. We are going to be tougher than ever before," a visibly disgusted Byandala said. The minister said they have started putting in place mechanisms to supervise projects to ensure value for money.

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