The USMID project aims at expanding urban infrastructure and enhance the capacity of 14 municipal local governments
President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday commissioned a revamped multi-billion shilling road network in Arua municipality that includes Enyau Road, Idi Amin Road, Lemerijua road, the Kamure Park round-about, and Old Joago Road.
"I hear people talking about roads, electricity, education etc. Government has developed roads, electricity etc. These are for all of us. They are used by all of us including drunkards, those who are going to dance at night, those going to work etc. What is important now is for you to focus on household incomes because these are yours. Will not carry a mattress to go and sleep on a good road?
"What you need is improving what is in your home. You should use them to improve your livelihoods. When you leave home, you will find the problem you left waiting for you and it will say welcome back, we are still here. Exploit these roads to improve service delivery and incomes. Don't be spectators in the fight against household poverty, we must all get involved," he said.
The minister for lands, housing and urban development, Betty Amongi, said the construction of the road including lighting, drainage dual carriageway and over shoulder carriageway cost sh25.7billion. She said the roads have greatly improved trade in the region.
Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) project aims at expanding urban infrastructure and enhance the capacity of 14 municipal local governments to generate own source revenues, improve urban planning, and strengthen financial management, procurement, environmental and social systems.
The 14 municipalities that have benefited from the project are geographically spread across the country and include: Arua, Gulu, Lira (northern Uganda); Soroti, Moroto, Mbale, Tororo, Jinja (eastern Uganda); Entebbe, Masaka (central); Mbarara, Kabale, Fort Portal and Hoima (western Uganda).