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Refugees laud USMID road in Adjumani 

(Last Updated On: 1 January 2024)

Adjumani | A section of refugees from Maaji One Refugee Settlement, in Ukusijoni sub-county, Adjumani district have hailed the government of Uganda and the World Bank for heeding their cry to build a better road that connects them to many service points.

The 20.59 kilometre road from Kulukulu to Zoka road is worth shs2,23,356,352 and is funded by the World Bank under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Additional Funding (USMID-AF).

The project started in June and ended on December 31, 2023.

Moses Jibi, 65, is a refugee who came to Uganda in 1994. Jibi said in the past, the road was in a bad state rendering it impassable during rainy seasons.

“The road had a lot of potholes, and it was very difficult to take sick people, especially at night due to the bad road. At least this time we are able to transport our goods, movement is now easy,” he told tndNews.

Zainab Baako is a refugee from Maaji One. She explained that the road has been a threat especially while transporting pregnant women to deliver from a health facility.

“In the past, due to poor roads, we have ever lost a baby on the road. We are now happy that we have finally got a very good road.”

Mary Abe, 34, noted that the road will now help them when it comes to referral to other health facilities.

Mansur Alumai, a peasant farmer from Bekeri village, Ayiri parish in Ukusijoni observed that the road will help them transport their produce to the market.

“We have been selling our produce cheaply because the road was very poor. Now we are beginning to enjoy the road. For many years we have been in trouble, particularly during the rainy season.”

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The Ukusijoni sub-county LC3 chairperson, Dominic Arambe, during an interview, told journalists that this is the road that the people have been waiting for long because so many of them were facing challenges in accessing basic social services.

“My prayer is that farmers can now have access to their farms and increase productivity, and the road can transform them economically. Our people are still very poor,” Arambe stated.

He added that they are targeting the second phase of USMID and other government programs like DRDIP to open more access roads to farms and other social service points.

The 20.59-kilometre road rehabilitation was awarded to BLD Construction Company Limited.

Eng Fred Ijjo, the engineer working with BLD observed that the road has a guarantee of two or three years which he notes will help improve services.

“We have done the work according to the design that was given, we have a defect liability period of three months that ends by February 2024,” Ijjo said.

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Mindra Francis, the Senior Assistant Secretary (SACAO) of Ukusijoni sub-county which is benefiting from the development, acknowledged that road rehabilitation is one of the key priorities of the sub-county to help connect refugees and nationals to many service points.

Nick Fayo, the district engineer said the road is almost 98% complete and it’s expected to be handed over in January 2024.

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