Alebtong district urged to exhaust Shs 1bln road fund  before financial year ends

ALEBTONG, May 13, 2024 – The Government Chief Whip, Denis Hamson Obua has called upon the Alebtong District Local Government to exhaust the Shs 1 billion disbursed by the central government for road rehabilitation before the financial year ends.

Launching the rehabilitation of 10 road networks in the district at Okut Primary School in Abako Sub-county recently, Obua said he was lobbying for a grader from the Ministry of Works and Transport to help the district use the money as planned.

Among the roads to be worked on include Alebtong Town council-Okut-Alanyi measuring 10 kilometres, Ojul-Abako road, Amononeno-Ajuri Bridge-Amugu Town Councilroad, Obangangeo-Omoro-Otuke border road, Ogwowie-Baropiro-Amugu road, among others.

He said most of the roads in the district are impassable as a result of the lack of road equipment but emphasised that the district should ensure that all the money received for the road maintenance is spent so that it is not sent back to the consolidated fund at the end of the financial year.

In the current financial year 2023/2024, government allocated Shs 1bln for each district local government to work on feeder roads.

“We will not be happy if the money is taken back to the treasury yet people in the district are demanding for good roads,” Obua said.

He said he lobbied the Ministry of Works and Transport to avail the district with one grader in addition to the one offered to the district five years ago.

On her part, the Alebtong district Woman Member of Parliament, Dorcas Acen said they plan to work on 50 road network in the district in the near future.

Acen who is the chairperson of the district Road Committee, said if the roads are worked on, people will be able to access good markets for their produce, access health centres, and schools.

Abako LCIII Chairperson, John Odongo thanked government for considering financial challenges faced by the local governments in the provision of services.

However, he said the road sector in the district has been crippled due to poor funding in the last 10 years.

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