Bernard Ocan, the Deputy Team Leader and an on-site Resident Consultant Engineer disclosed to URN that Strabag International, an Austrian based multinational construction company is losing material to theft especially the syphoning of diesel from trucks.
of construction materials and adverse weather has impeded the ongoing construction
of the 66 kilometer Atiak-Laropi road, which connects Amuru and Adjumani districts.
The Government and European Union-EU sunk Shillings 16.3billion into upgrading
the road that runs from the Gulu-Atiak-Nimule highway junction to boost
economic development and eradicate household poverty.
Upon completion, the road will contribute towards improved
transport and facilitate trade and commerce along the Uganda-South Sudan and
Democratic Republic of Congo borders.
Bernard Ocan, the Deputy Team Leader and an on-site Resident Consultant
Engineer disclosed to URN that Strabag International, an Austrian based
multinational construction company is losing material to theft especially the
syphoning of diesel from trucks.
Ocan also revealed that 10 of the 30 months’
project period has elapsed since the road upgrade work was rolled-out around
June 2020 and ending in 2023. He however observed that adverse weather
conditions resulting from heavy rainfall has made the soil alignment difficult.
//Cue in: "Almost the whole….
Cue out … a good structure."//
Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the Amuru
Resident District Commissioner attributes such thefts to idle youth within the communities
along the road that traverses Atiak- Dzaipi and Pakelle Townships.
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Cue out … be responsible enough."//
To mitigate the challenge, Oceng emphasized the need to recruit more casual labourers with a proper record and recommendation from their local council
leaders. He also warned against delayed payment of labourers to avoid
The EU’s Head of Section – Inclusive Green Economy, Palvos Evangelidis has challenged
locals to tap opportunities that the road upgrade will create because it will
connect remote areas, enhance transport services and boost agronomy.
project is being implemented under the Development Initiative for Northern
Uganda (DINU) Programme with 85% and 15% funding by the EU and government