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Construction of Seed Secondary School Commences In Kitgum

The contractor was awarded a contract on April 10 and later handed the 21 acres’ site on May 22, this year, to kick start the 2.5 billion shillings’ World Bank-funded school project as part of a government commitment to construct 127 Seed Secondary Schools in sub-counties across the country.
Animals graze on the cleared land meant for constructing Amida seed seondary school in Labongo Amida Subcounty Kitgum District in September this year. Photo By Julius Ocungi
Construction of Amida Seed Secondary School in Manwoko South Village in Labongo Amida Sub County in Kitgum district has finally commenced. This comes almost six months after Zeep Construction Uganda Ltd, the company that was awarded a contract to construct the school, failed to start the job.

The contractor was awarded contract on April 10 and later handed the 21 acres’ site on May 22, this year, to kick start the 2.5 billion shillings’ World Bank-funded school project as part of a government commitment to construct 127 Seed Secondary Schools in sub-counties across the country.

Zeep Construction General Manager Andrew Cohen Olal told URN that they have commenced with the construction of six classroom blocks, after resolving challenges on failure to access the project layout, unclear boundaries for the project and impassable roads to the site.

Olal says that the road remains impassable for heavy trucks. Once completed, the seed school will have six classrooms, one ICT, library and laboratory block, a Multipurpose hall, an administrative block, two blocks of five stance latrines, accommodation for six teachers and playground. According to Olal, construction of the other facilities will start in about two weeks. Construction of the seed school is expected to be completed on June 4, 2020.

Kitgum District Education Officer Fred Owot says that although the work is ongoing on a slow pace, it’s good to know the contractor has proved his commitment towards constructing the school. He advises the district engineer to ensure strict supervision of the seed school project to ensure that the contractor keeps up with his promises. 

Last year, Kitgum district local government was forced to return 600 million Shillings meant for the project to the consolidated fund because the contractor had failed to timely execute the work.

Similar projects being undertaken by the same contractor have registered minimal progress since last year when they got the contract from the Ministry of Education and sports.