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President Museveni commissioning the UGX 82.3Bn phase 1 Gulu Water Supply and Sanitation Project. PHOTO/TWITTER

Oulanyah’s remarks come only hours after Museveni officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony for the 132kv Kole-Gulu-Nebbi-Arua transmission line.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has applauded President Museveni for the work he has done in spearheading infrastructure developments more so in the northern part of the country.

Oulanyah’s remarks come only hours after the President on Sunday officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony for the 132kv Kole-Gulu-Nebbi-Arua transmission line, commissioned Electro-Maxx thermal power plant and also opened Arua Agriculture Value Addition Facility

According to the Deputy Speaker who rushed to social media platform to air out his applauds said that power shortage in the northern part of the country has been a big challenge to people’s businesses.

He said that the advanced power lines will help to curb down on these tremendous power challenges that the area has witnessed over years.

“Power shortage in Northern Uganda has been a big challenge to businesses and many have been frustrated. The 132KV will provide sufficient energy to households and businesses,” Oulanyah said.

Meanwhile, the Kole-Gulu-Nebbi-Arua Transmission Project is expected to evacuate electricity from Karuma, Agago and Nyagak dams.

In his statement, Museveni said that the new development will make electricity supply in West Nile even more reliable and also connect the region to the national grid. 

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Museveni also broke ground for the construction of the UGX 33 billion Gulu Logistics Hub. The same event doubled as the ground breaking for the rehabilitation of the Tororo-Gulu railway. PHOTO/TWITTER

On the other hand, the President also said that the Arua Agriculture Value Addition Facility, a Ministry of Local Government project, will process 250,000kg of cereals per day.

“West Nile expects to reap Shs15 billion annually from this project which will involve 30,000 farmers who previously grew tobacco but have now changed to food crops, especially cereals,”  Museveni said.

“With electricity supply to West Nile increasing and stabilising, more factories will set up home in this sub-region, especially considering its proximity to markets of DR Congo and South Sudan.”

The President also lashed out to those Ugandans who have over the years politicised the issue of electricity supply to West Nile insisting that the government just did not have the money to finance such projects.

“Some people had tried to politicise the issue of electricity supply to West Nile but reality was that government did not have enough money.”

“However, as revenues improve, you can see that we are upgrading the infrastructure and it will get better,” the President added.

Meanwhile, he congratulated the management of Electro-Maxx led by Patrick Bitature, who have set up an 8MW thermal power plant in Arua. 

He further said that the project will also complement the government’s efforts to power the region and industrialise it.