- The construction work that is set to be completed by February next year is now at 24 per cent.
- The market is funded through the USD 84.21million (Shs 34.9 billion) loan from the African Development Bank under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program Project (MATIP-2)
- The municipal authorities then ordered the contractors, Al-Kuwait Sadeem and Dott Services to provide them with the list of different workers including how they each category is paid
Arua- Contractors of Arua Main market have been asked to speed up the construction work and complete it within time but with high quality work.
During a tour of the market construction, the Consultant, Eng Joel Aita of Joadah Consults, said: “Why can’t we have this market as a Christmas gift for the people of Arua because they need to be decongested in the current market. But if you are speeding up the construction, you should mind of quality and maintain the high-quality work.”
“We shall not compromise on quality. We ask the contractor to speed up the work so that by December the construction work could be completed and February 2020, there is hand over of the market to avoid congestion in the temporary market created,” he said.
After the tour, the Municipal council officials held a one-hour meeting at the site where the municipal officials were concerned about the poor pay of especially, the casual labourers and disparity of pay of certain workers.
The Contractor for Arua Main Market has been told to complete the construction by December so that the traders can be decongested in the current temporary market.
The Mayor for Arua Municipality, Mr Issa Kato, said during a meeting with the contractors that: “Somebody cannot be paid Shs 8,000 and is eating out of this money and he/she goes home with Shs 3,000. These people come here to work in order not to eat only but also be able to pay school fees for the children.”
“It is surprising that when I talked to some of the workers, they said they are being paid between Shs 7,000 to 8,000 per day. Let the payment not look like you (contractor) are exploiting people. These people have come here to look for survival. Pay them accordingly because exploitation is (haram) in another language. The payment of the workers should be of good quality.”
He said the contractor should avoid exploiting workers but respect their labour rights.
The representative of the contractors in the meeting, Mr Mustafa Bahbah, said that they will discuss the issue with the consultant and come out with a better solution.
The construction of Arua Main Market is under MATIP-2.