ADJUMANI: Ukusijoni sub-county gets shs3.5bn market, resource centre from USMID-AF

The rare view of the modern market in Ukusijoni Subcounty, Adjumani District (Photo by David Anyanzo)

Ajumani, (UG): The Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development- Additional Financing USMID-AF under the government of Uganda with support from the World Bank is running three different projects in the sub-county of Ukusijoni in Adjumani West constituency Adjumani District.  

The three big projects include construction of Modern market facilities, construction of a resource/community Centre based at Kiraba Parish and upgrade and maintenance of the Kulukulu -Zoka road to Marram roads which measures 22kilometer. 

In terms of security enhancement in the area, there will be streetlights installed on the streets of the road, with the project of upgrading and maintaining awarded to BLD company.

According to Ukusijoni Sub County chairperson, Mr Harambe Dominic, the construction of this market will serve across the West Nile, Amuru District and some parts of South Sudan. 

DailyExpress established that the market which encompasses stalls for selling food products, butchers, stores and hotels will in total have 56 stalls and 38 shops. The market will also come with 10 solar panels installed in all the rooms including the water point and modern garbage collection Centre.

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Mr Harambe speaking to this publication lamented that in the past, the business communities and farmers in the sub-county have been struggling to sell their produce by taking it up to the main markets in the town. He says even the rain has been disturbing them because the market used to be under a big fig tree so during rainy season market is disorganised so the coming of this market will save them in doing their businesses. 

With the upgrade of the road network, the LCIII boss says this will make it easier for the farmers to transport their produce easily to the market. 

The third project is the resource/community Centre which is at 95% completion stage, according to him this resource Centre will be a multipurpose hall for holding many events like wedding parties, birthdays, traditional marriages, conferences, seminars meetings among others which in turn will bring revenue to the sub-county. 

The LCIII Chairperson said that he has gotten into contact with UNICEF and they will bring books into the library to improve students learning and install computers which enhance digital learning for the youths and any walk of life.

The establishment of this resource Centre according to Mr Harambe will also create employment opportunities for those who will be operating the computers as computer trainers and those working in the library as librarians. 

He therefore requested all businessmen and women in West Nile at large, Amuru and parts of South Sudan after the completion of the market should come to rent stalls and shops and assured people that Ukusijoni is a peaceful sub-county in Adjumani District and urged the residents of the district to own the market. 

Some of the businessmen and women who talked to DailyExpress express happiness with the new projects saying they have been suffering with lack of market and proper road network for transporting their goods but now they can do trade within their localities and their income will increase hence paying their children in school will be easy for them

These three projects of construction of a resource/community Centre at Kiraba Parish, Modern Market and upgrade and maintenance of the Kulukulu to Zoka road network are being implemented by the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development and Adjumani District Local Government for the financial year 2021/2022. 

The projects are funded by Government of Uganda with support from the World Bank under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development- additional Financing (USMID-AF) at the amount of shs2.062 Bilion whereas the resource Centre is at shs1.52B respectively.

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The two projects which commenced in May 2023 are expected to be completed this year (in February 2024).

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