Government disbursed Ug9.9b to improve live hoods

Market sheds, livestock markets and gravity water schemes

Hon. Minister Rapheal Magyezi (r) and Government Chief whip(c)looking at the water pump machine at Alanyi, Abako sub-country.

The Local Economic Growth Project is being implemented in 10 core districts supported with economic infrastructure and seven districts, supported with Revolving Micro-Finance. The districts include: Alebtong, Kabarole, Katakwi, Kumi, Nakaseke, Ntoronko, Kibuku, Gomba and Bunyangabu for infrastructure and Revolving finance components, while the district of Adjumani, Buikwe, Buyende, Luwero, Nwoya, Rukungiri and Tororo are benefiting from the Revolving Fund Component.

The Ministry of Local Government has disbursed UGX 9B for the construction of market sheds, livestock markets and gravity water schemes in ten Core Districts of Katakwi, Alebtong, Kibuku, Kabarole, Gomba, Nakaseke, Bunyangabu, Ntoronko, Kumi and Kyejonjo District where the LEGs Project is being implemented with funding from the Islamic Bank.

The facilities, include eight market sheds with additional facilities that include lock ups, washrooms, day care centers, stores, security stations and vehicle parking lots. Each market is expected to accommodate about 300 vendors, eight gravity water supply and sanitation schemes both for animals and domestic use and three livestock markets which will have loading facilities, administration offices, veterinary and security stations among others.

 The works will be supervised by the District Engineering teams with support from Consultants and Technical Officers from the Ministry of Works and Transport as well as the Ministry for Water and Environment.

Speaking at the launch of the construction of Alanyi water scheme in Alebtong District, the Hon. Rapheal Magyezi said, the LEGs Projects are playing an instrumental role in improving livelihoods through providing clean water for both human consumption and animals.

He further added, urging the contractors to complete the works in the given six months so that the beneficiaries can use the facilities as soon as they are completed and strictly adhere to the building construction standards as stipulated in the building control act as well as the design BoQs.

Government has rolled out several programs, such as Parish Development Model in effort to fight poverty, this intervention is in line with component one and two of PDM which aims at improving economic production in rural areas in order to attain socio-economic transformation.

While in Kyenjonjo District, during the launch of Kaizikashya Gravity Flow Scheme Hon. Victoria Rusoke, Minister of State for Local Government asked the contractors to ensure gender balance in the engagement of workers on the construction sites.

Rusoke, also asked the district to ensure that the projects are delivered to quality and value of money by ensuring that contractors adhere to directives and use modern equipment and Techniques in the execution of the works.

By; Joan Uwamaria, PR Assistant

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