The rails are made out of metals, iron bars and concrete. According to Asiimwe the government needs 110 dollars to buy one bar from abroad but a locally manufactured rail can cost 47 dollars. Each kilometer of a railroad takes about 1660 sleepers.
government through Uganda Military Engineering Collage-UMEC has introduced a course
unit of skilling and training soldiers to make railway sleepers to support
the construction of standard-gauge railway.
unit is taught as part of the Civil and Electrical engineering courses at UMEC located
at Lugazi Municipality in Buikwe district to both soldiers and civilian students.
training is intended to increase on the massive local production of sleepers
used to build rails for train to run on.
Brigadier General Denis Asiimwe the Commandant, UMEC, says the
idea was hatched in 2014 to increase the local production of sleepers to be
used in the construction of the standard gauge railway. He says the unit
has now been also introduced at Tororo Railway and Construction Collage.
The rails are made out of metals, iron bars and
concrete. According to Asiimwe the government needs 110 dollars to buy one bar
from abroad but a locally manufactured one costs about 47 dollars. Each
kilometer of a railroad takes about 1660 sleepers.
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Asiimwe says most the students from the collage are
integrated into the National Enterprise Corporation-NEC, the state-owned commercial
arm of the Uganda People's Defence Force which is responsible for a mass
production of sleepers.
Since the collage was initiated in 2010, it has produced 330
engineers and currently 382 students undertaking their final Uganda Business
and Technical Examinations Board exams. 160 of them are UPDF soldiers and 270
students are civilians perusing diplomas.
Ronald Kaheru, one of the finalist says apart from sleeper
making, they have also learnt how to make brick laying machines, grass and rice
threshers, portable water drilling machines and grain mills. URN has observed
some of the manufactured machines on display.
Onesmus Oyesigire the UBTEB Executive Secretary says UMEC
collage is among the 170 centers that were cleared to offer examinations
across the country.
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The May/June UBTEB examinations which started on Monday this
week across the country were differed following the outbreak of Covid-19.
They are currently being done under strict observance of
Covid-19 guidelines. At UMEC all students are seated in a distance of 1.5 meters
putting on face masks and others shields as UPDF officers and UBTEB supervisors
are ensures constant sanitization.