President commissions Gulu-Atiak road construction

Thursday 10th May 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has assured the people of Northern Uganda that their part of the country is going to be developed and that this effort has kicked off with one of the core areas of the economy, namely the roads.

“This is what I promised you during the elections. The NRM is not only rehabilitating roads but also building new ones”, he said.

The President was yesterday addressing residents of Gulu Municipality during the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the Gulu-Atiak road. The ceremony took place at St. Joseph’s College, Layibi in the Municipality.

President Museveni said that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government is committed to improving infrastructure, especially roads and electricity, adding that these are core areas that spur development.

He pointed out several other government projects, including the Karuma hydro-power dam which, he said, will turn the surrounding areas into a big industrial centre. He said other roads that are in his election manifesto, will be worked upon using the available means.

Regarding the issue of compensation because of the loss of people’s animals at the hands of rebels who were the cause of insecurity, the President clarified the government is going to re- stock the area so that people can be helped to access development in their homesteads in particular and the region as a whole.

Mr. Museveni, therefore, urged the people of the area to embrace development. He cited the Amuru Sugar project as an example which, he said, will go a long way in benefiting much more the people of the area.

On teachers’ houses, the President said that the government has a national plan to work on that aspect in all government schools in order to ensure that teachers do not have to move long distances to schools. He pledged to equip St. Joseph’s Secondary School’s workshop as well as availing a tractor to the institution to boost its agricultural activities.

The Minister of Works and Transport, Engineer James Byandala, assured the people who have been affected by the Gulu-Atiak road project that they will all be duly compensated.

The World Bank representative ,Mr. Ahmadou Moustaph commended the govt for its commitment in improving the transport sector. He said that the World Bank willcontinue to support road safety efforts.

The raod is expected to end by Aug 2014.

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