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Apac Municipality Receives UGX 487M under USMID

According to Ogwang, the money will be used to furnish the office, finance the physical planning and urban system development, specialised technical plan and equipment, assess comparative advantages of localities and development of investment profiles. However, the Municipality is expected to receive an overall total of 34 billion shillings under the 3 years project that will end in the Financial Year 2021/2022

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Apac Municipal Council has received Shillings 487M for Institutional Strengthening under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID program.

The money is part of the Shillings 7.7 billion the Municipality is expected to receive for under the first phase of the multi-billion World Bank funded road project this financial year.  Tonny Ogwang, the Deputy Town Clerk Apac Municipality says the Shillings 487M has been deposited on the Municipal general fund collection account.

According to Ogwang, the money will be used to furnish the office, finance the physical planning and urban system development, specialised technical plan and equipment, assess comparative advantages of localities and development of investment profiles.   

Other components that the fund will be used for include; enhancing on source revenue collection, facilitating key implementer of the project, career development of implementer of the program and discretionary institutional strengthening activities.

He lists some of the projects they will work in the first phase of the project.

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Ogwang has assured the public that the money will be used appropriately to achieve its intended goals of enhancing infrastructural development for the growing Municipality.   

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Francis Odongo, the Apac Municipal Engineer says they expected to fast track the project starting in May to develop selected roads, upgrading Apac Main Market, Mayor’s garden and construction of a modern slaughter house among others.  

He says consultants from the Lands Ministry were in the Municipality last week to work on the designs for selected roads.  Philip Otim, the President Apac Municipal Development Forum believes that once completed, the project will not only beautify the Municipality but also provide employment opportunities for the local people and improve service delivery.

The Apac Mayor, Patrick Ongom Eyul called on the community members to consult the Municipal Engineer and planner for detailed physical planning. Apac Municipality is among eight new municipalities that have started benefiting from the World Bank Funded Project this financial year.  The others are Lugazi, Kasese, Kamuli, Mubende, Kitgum, Ntungamo and Busia municipality. 

This brings to 22, the number of Municipalities that are now benefiting from USMID Project across the country. These developments are in line with the Millennium Sustainable Development Goal that includes improvement of cities.

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