The construction of a
multi-billion taxi and bus park in Nebbi Municipality has stalled due to lack of enough funds.
Currently, construction of most of the buildings at the site have stalled at the ring-beam and roofing level, since February this year.
In March 2021, Nebbi
Municipality officials commissioned the construction of the taxi and bus park terminal
project along Nebbi-Arua road in Thatha division at Shillings 2.78 billion under
a Public Private Partnership with local developers.
Under the agreement, the local
developers are expected to use the facility for a period of 15 years. According to the initial plan,
the project was expected to be completed in three months’ period which was not
Richard Oyirwoth, the Chairperson
Nebbi business community confirms the stalling of the project, something he
attributes to lack of funds on the side of the local developers. According to
Oyirwoth, the project committee set unrealistic targets that could not be met
by the developers.
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But, Geoffrey Ngeriker, the Mayor
of Nebbi municipality says they have nothing much to do to
fast-track the project other than waiting on the individuals to inject more money
to accomplish the project. He however says they have agreed to further extend
the deadline for the project to give more time for the developers to get more
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Maliki Drakuma, the
project officer who is also the Nebbi Municipal deputy town Clerk has however dismissed
worries that the project risks collapsing. He noted that they have so far invested
more than shillings 800million.
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Once completed, the
multi billion taxi and bus park terminal is expected to have at least 500
lockups and accommodate more than a hundred vehicles.
According to Municipal
authorities, the park will also be used as a temporary market for the next two
years since the current main market is expected to be demolished, to pave way
for the proposed construction of a standard market.