Japanese ambassador to Uganda, Hidemoto Fakuzawa, said at the signing of the exchange notes with Finance minister, Matia Kasaija, that the project is intended to improve National Road in Refugee-Hosting Areas of West Nile Sub-region. This covers the Yumbe-Manibe road which is in bad conditions and hampers smooth transportation of goods and people.
Fakuzawa Hidemoto, Japan's Ambassador to Uganda
government has contributed Shillings 135.6billion (3.821 billion Japanese yen)
for the construction of 23.6Km Yumbe-Manibe road in Yumbe District. It’s part of the contribution by the Japanese
government towards “The project for the Implementation of the National Road in
Refugee Hosting Areas of West Nile Sub Region.”
the signing of the exchange notes with Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, the
Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, Hidemoto Fakuzawa, said that he believes that strengthening
the road network would boost logistics movements and revive social and economic
activities in the refugee host communities. Apparently, Yumbe-Manibe road is in
sorry state, which hampers the smooth transportation of goods and people.
According to the agreement, labour-based technology will be used to construct the road purposely to build skills and
create employment opportunities for the refugees. Uganda National Roads
Authority (UNRA) is expected to implement the project within four and a half
years inclusive of the design, tendering process and construction works. Uganda
is currently home to 1.4 million refugees.
57 percent of these live in the
Northern Region since the majority of the refugees come from South Sudan and
the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC. However,
most refugee settlements are in rural and remote locations that increase the
challenges for local economic development and pose significant development
challenges to both refugees and host communities.
The Government has
prioritized interventions that create economic opportunities that benefit both
the refugees and host communities as a means of enhancing self-reliance and
easing pressure on existing public service delivery and infrastructure. About 54 percent of refugees still depend on
humanitarian assistance as their main source of livelihood.
Minister, Matia Kasaija says Yumbe-Manibe road provides access to a number of
refugee settlements including Imvepi, BidiBidi, Lobule and Palorinya
settlements. He says it is also the main national road connecting to BidiBidi
refugee settlement, which is one of the biggest settlements of displaced
persons in the world.