Hoima city in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development-USAID has embarked on conducting property valuation of all properties in the city and sensitizing property owners to embrace payments of taxes in order to boost appropriate service delivery.
The contractor, a joint venture of Israeli-British firms, Shikun & Binui International-SBI/Colas Limited, had initially planned to hand over the airport to the government in June 2023. However, several factors have contributed to the delay.
Grace Mboneko, another vendor, opposes the decision by the city authorities to relocate them again, stating that it is not wise to keep relocating their businesses. She urges the authorities to relocate them to a permanent place instead of renting the area for a short period of time.
The 700 million Shillings water project was commissioned in December 2021 in Chongambe village, Nyakabing parish. However, a few months after its commissioning, the multi-million piped water system broke down, rendering it useless.
The contractor for the airport construction works, a joint venture of Israeli-British firms, Shikun & Binui International-SBI/Colas limited halted the construction works at the airport a month ago following government’s failure to allocate them more 126 billion shillings to complete the remaining works.
Byamukama says recently the contractor under unclear circumstances demanded for extra 126 billion shillings from the government to help them complete works of the airport yet government earlier allocated the contractor all the money it needed to construct the airport.
According to the suppliers, already they had started reaping big by supplying the oil and gas sector and therefore suspending the East African crude Oil Pipeline -EACOP for a year will make them lose a lot. Some of the suppliers are offering transport, hotel, medical and food services to the oil companies.
Ronald Ahimbisibwe, the head of small and medium enterprises at UNBS explains that they have embarked on a campaign on ensuring that agro-processors meet the required standards so that they produce quality food which is suitable for human consumption.
The call was part of his message during the groundbreaking ceremony and fundraising drive for the construction of St Mary's Women and Children Specialized Hospital at Bujumbura Cathedral, the headquarters of the Hoima Catholic Diocese.
Christine Nnatongo, the strategic partnership, and programs advisor at Maendeleo Ya Jami challenged the youths to change their mindset and become business-oriented to be able to supply the oil and gas sector. She says the trainees have been availed with all the techniques and skills on how to meet the standards needed to supply the critical oil and gas sector.
In addition to the onset of Covid 19 which slowed down the works, it was discovered that there were other issues including the terrain and others, that had not been anticipated during the contract awarding process, according to SBC Uganda Ltd, the contractor.