Last Updated on: 7th December 2021, 10:46 pm
The civil works include completion of Eng. Zikusooka Way (1.9km) and Main Street (0.3km) as well as rehabilitation of Busoga Road (0.35km) and Busoga Avenue (0.885 km).
Jinja—6, December 2021: Jinja City leadership has assured the city dwellers of one of the best workmanship in the ongoing construction of a World Bank funded road networks. The project is due to be complete by 5 January, 2022.
The reassurance followed concerns from residents and leaders who feared work might not be completed within the “specified time” and that the contractor could compromise on quality to beat the deadline.
Jinja is among dozens of cities and municipalities benefiting from the multi-million dollar project under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
The contract was awarded to Stirling Civil Engineering Limited to rehabilitate a 3km road that had been in a very sorry state in the second biggest town that was accorded a city status over 12 months ago.
The civil works include completion of Eng. Zikusooka Way (1.9km) and Main Street (0.3km) as well as rehabilitation of Busoga Road (0.35km) and Busoga Avenue (0.885 km). The latter leads to the Jinja based State Lodge.
Eng. Ronald Menha from Infrastructure Development and Management Ltd (IDM), a consultancy firm hired by the central government to supervise the shs21b project said residents should expect the best.
“… the quality of the workmanship is controlled, strict attention to detail and quality of materials is always imperative to the nature of the construction works required…” Menha revealed.
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Speaking during the monthly stakeholders’ meeting held at Igar Conference Centre, a meeting attended by politicians, civil servants and representatives of the community, he announced that the remaining works are on “critical drainage”, additional parking lanes and completion works for Busoga Avenue.
The City Clerk, Daniel Christopher Kaweesi echoed similar optimism, saying Stirling is one of the acclaimed companies in the country that has a reputation for quality and timely delivery of projects.
“… I have no doubt that the contractor we have in place has solid core values vis-à-vis its strong vision and mission that guide its operations, so there is no cause for alarm…” Kaweesi who is hardly six months in Jinja made the assurance.
Commenting on mechanics turning the newly reconstructed road into their garages, the City Clerk promised to engage the “culprits and strike a balance on how best to solve the matter.”
“An urban center is meant to accommodate and give opportunity to every citizen. This must be done in a sustainable manner in accordance with relevant plans and laws,” City Clerk said of garages.
Yusuf Saleh, the site engineer has been tasked to deploy more labour force and procure adequate materials on site to avoid further delay, some of which was previously experienced because of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The contact signed on 18 December, 2019, was expected to be executed within 15 months (18 May, 2021) at shs16b but additional works gave it another 8 months plus additional shs5b.