The Lango Parliamentary Group has requested that the Ministry of Works and Transport work on five critical roads in the sub-several region’s districts.
During a meeting with MPs and other district leaders in Lira city on Saturday, the petition signed by the MPs was given to Minister Katumba Wamala and Allen Kagina, the Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA.
The Lira-Kamdini road is 66 kilometers long, the Dokolo-Namasale-Ochero road is 88 kilometers long, the Lira-Aloi-Abim road is 120 kilometers long, and the corner Ayer-Corner Aboke, Iceme, Ngai to Bobi route is 55 kilometers long.
Leaders also requested that 134.9 kilometers of district roads be upgraded to national roads by the ministry. Agweng-Barjobi-Okwang-Baralegi, Teboke-Bala town council-Lira University to Odokomit, Teboke-corner park-Aliyat-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke-Aboke
Business in the sub-region has declined, according to Judith Alyek, the Kole Woman MP and Chairperson of the Lango Parliamentary Group.
The Minister of Works and Transport, General Katumba Wamala, admitted that Lango has a low density of tarmac roads, claiming that road works are being carried out in accordance with the National Development Plan-NDP standards and the party manifesto.
He told the MPs that the ministry’s job is to implement, not to divide funds, thus they should follow up on the petition.
However, Katumba stated that the government may not have the funds to repair all of the roads.
Katumba recommended the districts to make the most use of the road equipment that was supplied to them when the government took over the district roads.
Although other regions may be facing road network problems, Kole North MP Samuel Opio Actui noted that the extent of the situation in Lango is so great that it required immediate assistance.
According to Geoffrey Ocen, the LCV chairperson for Amolatar, the district receives insufficient cash for road construction.
MPs raised alarm last week about the terrible quality of roads across the country, despite the fact that the Works and Transport sector receives a large portion of the annual budget.