By Our Reporter
The Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Betty Kamya has said that no additional funding will be allocated to the contractors of road construction works in Hoima for the additional period of seven months that they have extended for works to be complete.
The minister says that she is not impressed by the slow pace of the work and wondered how all that time could be wasted with no serious work being done.
The project under the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development with funding from World Bank.
The Ministry contracted Abubaker Technical Services ltd to implement the Construction of eight roads in Hoima district amounting to 118 Kilometers at a tune of 19.7 billion Uganda shillings.
Works commenced on April 12th 2019 and the contract period was supposed to end on April 11th 2020.
Some of these roads include, Kihobya-Kyarubanga-Bukerenge, Kiboirya-Iseisa-Buhamba, Kitoba-Icukira-Kigorobya, Kitoba-Kyabasengya-Kiboijana, Waki-Kiryabutuzi-Mparangasi among others.
However, when the Minister visited some of the roads where works are being implemented, she was surprised to be told by the contractors that work progress was at 20% yet the contract period had expired.
Meanwhile, Engineer Enock Kalema the Project Consultant from BMW Company ltd has attributed the delay to accidents that caused the project to be suspended by World Bank for three months, Lock down restrictions imposed due to Covid 19 pandemic and heavy rains.
He says this has prompted them to extend the project contract period to November 11th this year.
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