ARUA. Arua municipal council on Thursday handed over Arua hill primary school ground to Development Initiative (DI), a private company to be developed into a mini stadium.
The public-private partnership agreement will see among others a 20,000 seater multipurpose stadium, a 3-star hotel, lockup shops, a bank and supermarkets constructed at the facility.
Although not clearly revealed during the site handover ceremony, Eng. Joel Aita during an earlier meeting said the total cost of the establishment would be US Dollar 12.6 million.
Mr Kassiono Wadri Ezati, the area Member of Parliament expressed happiness over the project asserting that it would give Arua the much-needed face of a city once completed.
“For me as a Member of Parliament, the most important thing is to see services delivered to the people, youth getting employed and so on, the rest of the technical bits are for the technocrats,” Mr Wadri stressed.
He asked the investor to keep his words and deliver the project to completion, warning that as a son of the region, failure to deliver the project would be a curse on him.
Wadri also rallied other sons and daughters of the West Nile region to come back home and develop the regional centre to actualize the push for city status.
Eng. Aita on his part said as a social corporate responsibility, Arua hill primary school will have a facelift to the tune of over 300million shillings under the project.
He also said an alternative playing ground would be obtained at least on a temporary basis for the school during the construction period.
Ms Nesma Ocokoru, the LC III chairperson of Arua hill division appealed to the developer to employ the local people in the works save for specialised works that require experts from other places.
Mrs Alice Akello, the deputy resident district commissioner and guest of honour for the day asked the people of the region to unite for a single development purpose.
She particularly made an appeal to the Muslim community based on the recent violence in the town over the continued bickering between the two factions.
An earlier plan, the Nile Eco city, a joint partnership between Development Model Africa (DMA) group and Joadah consult in 2012 was in 2018 handed over to Bionas, a consortium of 26 Malaysian and six Chinese companies under their subsidiary Bionas East Africa for implementation.
The eco-city plan had among others a provision for a 40,000-seater Inzikiuru stadium at the heart of Barifa forest. However, it is not clear by press time whether such will now go ahead with the forest de-gazetting process having stalled for years without much fruit.