In June 2020, the ferry operations were suspended following the rising water levels of Lake Albert which submerged the docking piers. The suspension left the business community stranded because they could not cross to either side to transact business as usual.
On Sunday, the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja met some of the flood victims at Butiaba and Wanseko landing sites in Buliisa district and assured them that the government will soon find land to resettle them.
In 2016, the government received funding from the World Bank to upgrade 30.4km of roads to first-class Murram in Buliisa. The roads include the 10.7km Ngwedu-Ndandamire -Bikongoro, 10.8Km Buliisa-Bugana and 8.9Km Biiso-Nyeyeremya-Waaki all in Kigwera and Biiso sub-counties respectively.
The ferry is the major link for business persons in the regional towns like Hoima, Kigorobya, Masindi, Biiso, Buliisa, Kikuube and Wanseko in Bunyoro in the Albertine, and Panyimur, Dei, Pakwach, Nebbi, Paidha and Arua in West Nile.
At least 29 houses with land titles, were handed over to the Project Affected Persons-PAPs at Uduk II Village Ngwedu sub-county, Buliisa district on Monday, as part of the Tilenga Resettlement Action Plan Implementation. One house is yet to be fully completed.
Councilors unanimously approved the motion, saying it is important for the district leadership to encourage youths to work and save so as to get out of poverty. Council resolved that effective January 1, 2017, no one will be allowed to operate a slot machine, adding that those found guilty will be arrested and prosecuted.
According to Nakassi, a lorry fetches her between 6 to 7million shillings after investing in 5 million shillings. This means the businesswoman earns a profit of 1-2 million shillings on each lorry she dispatches to Kampala.
Buliisa Resident District Commissioner-RDC Florence Beyunga says the ban followed a realization that those staging discos compromised security. Beyunga who doubles as the chairperson district security committee says the disco operators in the district often lack security gadgets to check persons that enter disco halls.
In addition, the nature of the oil means the refinery would undoubtedly require specialized materials that are likely to be imported adding to the cost implication, which may further extend the suggested oil production date.