Hoima: Museveni Commissions Critical Oil Roads Amid Land Compensation Complaints 

President Museveni has commissioned the 111km upgraded Hoima-Butiaba-Wanseko road as well as the 235 km Kigumba – Bulima- Kabwoya- Kyenjonjo road.

These are priority national roads selected for upgrading from gravel to bitumen standard under Government’s 10-year Rolling Road Sector Development Programme (RSDP).

Museveni said while infrastructure development is good, people will not eat roads.

“In whatever you do, know that what is for all of us is good but what is for your family is more important,” he noted.

President Museveni tasked leaders at all levels to strategically sensitize the masses on household incomes if they are to defeat poverty.

“Leaders must be specific. When doing business, they have to first know the average land holding per household then advise the people accordingly,” he said.

The President was on Tuesday speaking during the commissioning of the Oil roads in Hoima City.

Since 2018, UNRA has been constructing key roads in the -rich Albertine area to secure the corridors to facilitate logistic movement and construction of central processing facilities among others.

Officials say all bottlenecks have been concluded with heavy trucks now using the roads with no major constraints.

H.E @KagutaMuseveni is scheduled to officiate at the commissioning of
Hoima—Butiaba—Wanseko, Bulima—Kabwoya & Kigumba—Bulima road projects TODAY.

The projects are set to improve road infrastructure within the Oil exploration zones of the Albertine region of Uganda. #ConnectUg pic.twitter.com/NHjXQs8QYZ

— UNRA_UGANDA (@UNRA_UG) January 25, 2022

Oil infrastructure 

Modern infrastructure is expected to support both the production and commercialization of Uganda’s oil industry.

Roads and bridges, the Airport, Water, Electricity among others are the necessary support systems and entry point in the attainment of Uganda’s Final Investment Decision [FID].

These roads include one major long span bridge of 520m length across the Nile River at the Paraa Ferry crossing, enabling movement of processing facilities by the oil partners.

This bridge is also pivotal in the advancement of Uganda’s tourism industry and regional trade between countries like South Sudan and DR Congo.

UNRA is also providing technical support to Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) to ensure that all the required access roads to the Kabaale International Airport (KIP) and within the Kabaale Industrial Park (KIP) are properly designed and implemented.

On his part, Museveni said not all are oil roads, highlighting Hoima-Kyenjojo, Mubende-Kakumiro, Kafu-Kampala among others as roads that were planned earlier.

Museveni directed the Prime minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, and all leaders in the area to handle land matters in the sub-region, including helping people in fencing, demarcation and acquisition of land titles.

He added that even when still on customary land, people should have a right over their land.

This came against the backdrop of complaints that some locals were not compensated for the road projects financed by Uganda government and African Development Bank (ADB).

The President emphasized that local people should be guided on the four-acre model for those with small land acreage while those with big land holding can go for extensive agriculture.

Minister Nabbanja said she would ensure proper monitoring and implementation of government programmes including infrastructure development.

Finance Minister, Hon. Matia Kasaija asked the people to work hard to benefit from the roads by engaging in commercial agriculture.
The function was attended by senior government officials as well as Members of Parliament (MPs) from the area.

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