Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | 19 rehabilitated roads in Gulu Municipality have been commissioned. The 6.04km of roads were upgraded with 65 billion Uganda Shillings grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA.
The rehabilitated roads are of Lagara Road, Prince Road, Coronation Road, Andrea Olal Road, Bank Lane, Nehru Road, Lagara Road, Gulu Avenue, Harley Road, Olya Road and Market Street.
Others are Awere Road, Keyo Road, Jomo Kinyata Road, Labwor Road, Acholi Road, Aliker Road, Queens Avenue and Kampala Road.
Rehabilitation of the roads which lasted for 27 months also included provision of four-meter width of walkways and seven meter-carriage width.
Fukase Yutaka, the JICA Chief Representative disclosed that Japan Government’s aim is to restore the transportation system of Gulu by providing logistical link on the international corridor to South Sudan.
Mizumoto Horri from the Embassy of Japan who represented Kameda Kazuaki, the Japan Ambassador to Uganda said the road improvement project is crucial for economic activities of a landlocked country.
“Gulu is located in the Centre of the great north axis and the completion of this key project is a step to enhancing the road network and marks a new milestone in Japan-Uganda friendship,” Mizumoto explained.
The State Minister for Works and Transport, Gen. Katumba Wamala lauded the Japanese Engineers for great work done to reinforce government’s Peace, Recovery and Development Program – PRDP of post-war region.
Among other projects in Uganda supported by the Government of Japan include source of the Nile Bridge in Jinja, the Kampala Flyover that is still under construction and 30km Atiak – Nimule Road yet to start.