ZOMBO. Paidha town council (TC) authorities in Zombo district have handed over the second phase of the dilapidated peripheral structure at Paidha main market for construction.

The construction of the 8 lock-up shops worth shs83million are to reach completion within six months starting from January 2020 to June this year.

Mr John Paschal Wapokra, the Paidha TC chairperson flanked by other officials handed over the site to Leko G.L Yesu Nuti construction and Engineering works Ltd on Monday.

During the function, Wapokra said he is so optimistic that the contractor and his team will deliver quality work as previously done by Mola and sons construction Ltd in the first phase.

"I knew most of these contractors right from the time I was serving in Nebbi as the district chairman and I'm sure the contractor we have brought on board will do a commendable work," he said.

Wapokra noted that the face-lift of Paidha main market will be done in a phased manner using locally generated revenue as the council continues to engage with the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) that pledged to continue with the construction work from where the council will stop.

"We have an engagement with DINU that pledged to support us in the construction of part of this market and they will continue from where we shall stop," Wapokra stressed.

The chairman, however, warned people not to politicize the project, saying the council is committed to causing better service delivery and infrastructural development from its meagre resources.

The siteThe site that has been handed over for construction in Paidha town

Mr Esmond Odota, the town clerk Paidha TC urged the contractor to exhibit quality work that shows value for tax payers' money.

"We are handing over the site for this peripheral lock-up shops to you and the only thing we want from you is quality work because it is people’s money. The people want to see what we are doing with the money they give us in terms of licenses and taxes among other things," Odota said.

He appealed to the community to corporate with the contractor and his team by monitoring the progress of the work to avoid mistakes.

Similarly, Mr. Alfred Okecha, the chairman market construction committee who doubles as the speaker of Paidha TC warned that the council has no room for shoddy work as it strives for holistic development of the town.

"Shoddy work is what we hate most because it wastes tax payers' money but people will be very happy to see a better result of the money they pay," he said.

Mr Michael Ovoya, the vice chairman Paidha business community urged the contractor to abide by the given time frame for completion of the work to avoid inconvenience on the side of the traders.

"The people who vacated this particular spot are yearning to occupy the new structure, so make sure you beat the deadline because these traders have occupied structures they didn't want," Ovoya said.

Mr George Leko, the contractor commended the town council leadership for giving him the chance to build part of the market and appealed to the leaders to be receptive in case of unforeseen challenges.

"I request that your doors remain open for us in case of some challenges and inquiries we would want to make," Leko appealed

In the last financial year, Paidha TC leadership also constructed 8 peripheral lock-up shops at a tune of over shs80 million with the hope that the yearly face-lift of the dilapidated market structures will save the traders from future dangers.