Government Committed to Improving Infrastructure - President
LIRA DISTRICT: President Yoweri Museveni has said that the NRM Government having built the major roads was committed in building the smaller roads in municipalities to ease access and improve service delivery.
“NRM believes in a one by one policy - Prioritization. We set up priorities because it is not possible to work on all issues at the same time. Now that we have done the big roads, we can start doing the small ones to ease access for our people,” he said.
The President was yesterday speaking during the commissioning of the revamped roads network in Lira Municipality. The ceremony was held along Obote Avenue, next to the Lira Municipality market in Lira District. The Central Government spent a total of Ush 40.18 billion on the project that covers a number of roads in the area.
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is implementing Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program, designed to enhance institutional performance of 14 Municipal Councils so as to improve urban service delivery.
The USMID program is being implemented in a context where Uganda since 1986 has experienced high economic growth, poverty reduction and an average annual GDP growth of 8.1 % over the last six years (2003/2004- 2009/2010). It has reduced donor assistance from 52 % of the annual budget in the early 1990s to the current level of 32%.
The President said government has built the Karuma – Pakwach road and that plans are underway to build the Soroti-Amuria-Otuke road, the Dokolo-Amolatar road and the Loro-Oyam-Bobi road adding that, government would also deliver on its pledge of building the Apac-Acoli Bur road.
The area M.P. Betty Amongi revealed that the roads’ project in Lira Municipality has cost Central Government Ush 40.18 billion including the installation of solar powered street lights.