The government has secured funds worth 70 billion shillings from United Kingdom and European Union to strengthen Uganda’s national road construction industry and improve on the efficiency of the government’s spending on roads.

This programme of four years has been announced by the Team leader cross roads programme David Entwistle at Kampala Sheraton Hotel today in a briefing to journalists.

Entwistle said that part of the funds will go to improving access to finance in Uganda’s road sector in order to enable the national contractors access finance through banks construction guarantee fund and road construction equipment.

The lack of easily available loans and construction equipment had long been identified as a problem of local contractors that causes them to do shoddy work on Uganda roads when are they are contracted by the government.

Entwistle said that the road contractors will be helped in this programme to get skills needed to deliver quality road work on time and to complete their work and making them get experience of growing their business.

The marketing systems Development specialist with Cross road programme Alex Mugova said that roads are done shoddy because of poor road work done by unskilled contractors.

He also asked government to pay the road contractors in time to enable them produce quality road works when they have been contracted.

Source Ultimate Media

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