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
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
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.