Kagina said at the start of this financial year in July 2016, UNRA had 901 staff out of the approved 1,740.
UNRA boss Allen Kagina (Left) speaking during a press briefing as the Director Road Maintenance UNRA Eng Joseph Otim (Right), Director Road Infrastructure Protection UNRA Eng Ruben Tumwebaze and the Head of Enforcement Eng John Bosco Ssejjemba look on. Photo by Shamim Saad
Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) is set to recruit 1,400 staff before the end of this financial year.
"Recruitment is ongoing and we expect to reach target of 1,400 before the end of this financial year and the 1,740 in 2017/18 financial year," UNRA executive director Allen Kagina said.
Addressing a news conference in Kampala on Wednesday, Kagina said at the start of this financial year in July 2016, UNRA had 901 staff out of the approved 1,740.
She added that with new staff continuously joining the organisation, management has put in place programmes to ensure that they are quickly oriented.
Flanked by UNRA top managers, Kagina said that in the last 5 months, they have been able to absorb all funds released as expected.
"The Current total bill on ongoing projects which UNRA is unable to pay given limited funds on the specific projects is sh109b," Kagina explain.
She urged road user to heed to traffic rules and regulations to curb road carnage during the festive season hailing operation fika salama for instilling discipline among drivers.
"Fika salama has been very successful because road accidents have tremendously reduced. Road user behaviour has also generally changed. Motorists fear the consequences of the operation if arrested and they have changed their behaviour," she said.
According to Kagina, a total of 10,468 offenders have so far been apprehended and either charged in court or issued with express penalty receipts.