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Lira City Councilors Decry Slow USMID Road Works

The project is expected to be complete by next month, but so far only 39% of the actual work has been completed, raising concerns among the city leaders.

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Lira City Councilors are concerned over the delayed completion of road works under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development- USMID program.

Last year, Al Nuami Group and Abubakar Technical Services were awarded the contract to make improvements on existing roads such as Note-Ber road, Olwol road, Coronation Park, Boundary Road, Obangakene and Aber road. They are also expected to construct a children’s park at the former Adyel Division Headquarters.

The project is expected to be complete by next month, but so far only 39% of the actual work has been completed, raising concerns among the city leaders.

Herbert Apita, the Secretary of Works and Technical Services at Lira City, says that although the contractor is on-site, he is working at a slow pace. He doubts if the work will be completed on time.

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Haggard Oluma, a  youth councillor in Lira City, accuses the contractor of disregarding its responsibilities. Oluma thinks that the city has to extend the contract period if the work is to be delivered.

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Geoffrey Ogwal, the councillor of Lira City West B,  says delayed road works have affected businesses especially those around Boundary Road.

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Edward Kiwanuka Gwavu, the Lira City Town clerk,  explains that  Boundary Road is being constructed in line with the approved design which shows that the first section is wider than the other parts.

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However, Moses Elong, site engineer Abubakar Technical Services, attributed delayed works to bad weather and negotiations with land owners to allow them to set up a camp near  Olwol road.

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Patrick Ogweng, the Deputy City Clerk says the contractor has already submitted a request for a contract extension. However, the request is awaiting approval from the Project Management System (PMS).

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