SERERE, February 1, 2024 – Local fishmongers have lauded Minister of State for Fisheries, Hellen Adoa for launching a new road construction project in Serere district, saying the bad roads are a major hindrance to the growth of their business.
One of the fishmongers, Jane Ayinyo who hails from Soroti district said the bad roads have made transacting business between Soroti and Serere districts very difficult, adding that some of the fresh fish rot on the way.
“Travelling between Soroti and Serere is very difficult for us because of the bad road. Some of the fresh fish even rot in transit and yet I need to generate income for my family’s survival,” Ayinyo said.
She said they waste a lot of time on the bad road while trying to access fish from the landing site. “I have been spending hours on this road but now will we be able to spend about 30 to 45 minutes when the rehabilitation of the road is completed,” she said.
Dominic Ocedikol, LCI Chairman of Pachoto village, Kanyangan parish, Serere district expressed how poor roads in the area have affected fish business and others.
Minister Adoa said the rehabilitated roads in Teso Sub-region will improve the livelihoods of the communities but also improve service delivery in the district.
“This road will enable increased incomes and better access to basic services,” she said.
Adoa also applauded Yoweri Museveni for supporting districts in the country Shs 1 billion each for improving roads.
However, she said that there are cases of corruption that are arising at the lakes which she said is a major setback to the fishing industry in the area and needs to be addressed.
She also cautioned road engineers against shoddy work, saying it will be a waste of government resources and a threat to the growth of Uganda’s economy.
Isaac Okello, an engineer from works department at Serere District Local Government committed to do good work, stating that the roads in the district are in the bad state and need urgent attention.
The 13.7 kilometres road is being constructed by Serere district local government costing Shs 253 million and is estimated to be complete by end of February 2024.
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