Arua Municipality Councilors have approved the establishment of an
Eco-City in Barifa, a peri-urban forest land.
The artificial eucalyptus forest covering an area of over 10sq km
was proposed for gazettement ten years ago but has since remained undeveloped
and continues to be a hideout for criminals.
In an extraordinary council meeting held on Wednesday, the councillors
unanimously approved a plan for the city developed by Joadah Consult.
The Nile Eco-city is also expected to have a 14,000 sitting
capacity stadium, sports hotel, shopping arcade, supermarkets, modern hospital
and five-star hotel amongst other things.
The master plan also includes space for constructing storied
buildings for both lower and middle-income earners.
Joel Aita the Executive Director Joadah consults assured the
councillors of fulfilling the conditions by National Forestry Authority-NFA
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Cue out; and
alternative land…. //
The Mayor Arua Municipal Council Isa Kato says the establishment
of the Eco-City will reduce on poverty levels in the Municipality and increase
on clean and habitable environment.
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going to eco…. //
Some of the councillors welcomed the public-private partnership in
development of the Eco-City saying it will fasten the process of preparing Arua
town for the regional City status.
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them a push…. //
In 2008, Arua Municipal
Council was tasked by the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development to
find alternative land to replace the artificial Barifa forest, before it’s
given to an investor for the development of an Eco-city.
A nine square km of land was accordingly purchased in Lazebu
village, Logiri Sub County Vurra County in Arua district to replace Barifa. The
two parties are set to formally sign a memorandum next week and works are
expected to kick start by March 2020.