The Uganda Road Fund held a National Road Maintenance Workshop for its stakeholders on 29th March 2017. The workshop brought together Government Ministries, departments, Members of Parliament and Uganda Road Fund designated agencies. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the efficiency and effectiveness in funding and maintenance of public roads in Uganda.
Speaking at the meeting, Hon. Monica Azuba, the Minister of Works and Transport revealed that there was a general consensus that the road network condition had significantly improved through development and maintenance although there was still more work to do. She further informed members that the Sector performance report, as at June 2016 showed that the road network condition performance of National roads was at 78.5%, District Roads 59%, Urban roads 67% and KCCA roads 61% respectively.
She urged all designated agencies to utilize the available resources availed to them efficiently to avoid attrition and loss back to the Treasury and stressed that attrition of resources requires abundance of actions that include technology choice, quality of human resources, policy improvement, tighter oversight and punitive action on corruption.
Hon. Tom Butime the Minister for Local Government said that his Ministry was aware of the increasing Local Government agencies that require road maintenance funding and that its role will be to strengthen capacity and structures so that they are accountable for the resources and to the road users in these local Governments.
The Uganda Road Fund Board Chairperson Dr. Merian Sebunya appealed to Local Governments to adopt “Bulunji Bwansi approach”, a Community approach that gives back to its people or Community through provision of community services that benefit the community. She called upon agencies to rally road users in Communities to perform routine manual maintenance activities on their Community roads without waiting for Government funding. She provided examples of districts such as Buhweju and Mpiji that have already adopted the approach adding that the “Government will come in to complement your efforts”.