By Ahura M Mark
The Ministry of Works and Transport is set to construct all major roads linking the oil rich districts in Uganda before Oil production kicks off in 2015.
The government decision comes after oil firms operating in the region like Tulllow, CNOOC and Total made a compliant to government that infrastructures in the oil region are in a sorry state .In response government has made a commitment to tarmac all roads linking Masindi,Hoima Ntoroko and Bundibugyo districts which lie in the Albertine Graben.
Some of the major Major roads to be tarmacked include; Hoima to Masindi, Masindi to Kigumba, Fort Portal to Bundibugyo, and other smaller roads in the region.
Susan Kataike, the public relations officer at the Ministry of Works told the press yesterday that out of the Shs1 trillion that the government allocated to the ministry this financial year, about Shs500 billion was for constructing roads to ease the ongoing oil explorations.
She said the ministry would this year construct eight kilometres of roads in the area and the rest of the work would be
implemented by the Uganda National Roads Authority within the next two to three years.