ARUA. Bileafe residents are excited after the government through the ministry of works, pledged to work on the 10km Itia-Omgboa road in Bileafe sub-county, Arua district.
Locals said the road which of late, turned into a death trap is a short-cut to Rhino Camp refugee settlement and will be used to transport produce to Ocodri market if worked upon.
One of the residents, Mr Amin Sabiri said the project has been on public demand as movement along the former path became difficult especially for the children who cross every day to study in Obivu primary school.
“I have personally used this road and faced challenges in transporting my produce to Ocodri market and seeing the manager of the construction company contracted to open the road on ground to monitor the project is a big relief to us,” Sabiri stated.
According to Mr Geoffrey Olema, the Bileafe sub-county chairperson, the opening of the road will liberate the people from remoteness and also improve access to other social services like Nicu health centre III.
“Since I was born, this road was not thought about but as the government is coming in to work on it, I appeal to community members whose land will be affected by the project not to frustrate it,” Olema said.
Mr Daniel Okwako, the operations manager of Flomoz investment limited, a company contracted to open and construct the road said the project will be completed within nine months.
He explained that the first phase of the project will begin with bush clearing, then shaping and eventually, graveling using marram together with culvert installations.
“Everything is set, we are just doing mobilization, and we are looking forward to starting operations next week upon the availability of all the machinery required,” Okwako stated.
Mr Moses Angundru, the Terego West County MP said such roads in the remote villages will boost economic empowerment through agriculture.