Arua-Arua Municipality is to receive Shillings 20-billion by June this year for implementation of second phase of Uganda support to Municipal Infrastructure development-USMID.
This was revealed to the political and technical staff of the district and the Municipality during an USMID stakeholders review meeting at Golden Courts hotel in Arua town on Friday.
The infrastructure development fund from the World Bank is expected to cover construction of a modern Abattoir, The Main Taxi Park, Adroa and School roads.
Martin Onyach the Team Leader World Bank commended Arua Municipality for job well done in the first USMID phase and promised to continue supporting it in further infrastructure development but urged the various departments to deliver their mandate.
“We want to see Municipal departments systematically beginning the journey to deliver their mandate so that they become professional,” said Martin.
He also demanded for detailed database of all revenue collections, auxiliary road features and proper strategy of waste management. Iddi Amin, Enyau and Lemerijoa roads were some of the roads that have been tarmacked with funding from World Bank.
He however noted that Arua Municipality has 14-months up to June 2018 to ensure that the money sent is fully used and warned them against spending spree in violation of the USMID guidelines.
Onyach also advised the officials to ensure proper time management especially in decision making to fast-track implementation of the second phase of the USMID project within the 14 months.
The construction of a modern abattoir was delayed due to wrangles over land and the Municipal council has been caught off-guard with expansion of the taxi park.
The acting permanent secretary ministry of lands, housing and urban development Walter Joseph Paddy said the ministry has prepared a strategic development plan for all Municipalities and these will be implemented with support from the World Bank.
“People of Arua should be made to work for the city and not that it will be given, with good structures we are already putting in place, the city status will come automatically,” Paddy said.
A motorcyclist riding on the newly constructed Enyau road.
He however challenged Arua Municipality to work hard so as to improve on service delivery to its people, increase local revenue collection and sustain the existing projects. Fourteen Municipalities are implementing the USMID program.
The Mayor Arua Municipality Isa Kato commended the World Bank for supporting infrastructure development in the Municipalities and added that the council is ready to cooperate to ensure that the set guidelines are followed in the second phase of USMID.
Meanwhile according to the town clerk Arua Municipality Otim Andrew Kibwota the Municipality received 19.4 billion and 1.1 billion as VAT for the implementation of the first USMID project.