President Museveni has said that the logistic improvement of Northern Corridor will greatly contribute to the economic development of Uganda.
The President made remarks at Nakivubo Blue Primary School after a groundbreaking ceremony to commence construction Kampala Fly Over project.
The President said that the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area is not only a major centre of politics, administration, manufacturing, commerce and logistics of Uganda but also a major transit point on the Northern Multimodal Corridor which links land locked neighbouring countries to the Port of Mombasa.
“The project will improve urban transportation in Kampala City Centre because newer roads are easier to drive on meaning that your daily commute will be faster and less wear and tear on your vehicle,” he said.
He added that other benefits will include reduction of traffic congestion as the fly over would remove vehicles that pass through; acquisition of skills and knowledge by Ugandan Engineers and technicians; employment to both skilled and unskilled laborers.
The project will also promote and support industrial growth by consumption of local steel and other building materials and improve the safety of the pedestrians who will pass above roads on pedestrian bridges, among others.
The President thanked the government of Japan through its Japan International Corporation Agency for financing various sectors and projects such as the Source of the Nile Bridge, Project for Improvement of Gulu Municipal Council Roads in Northern Uganda, the upgrading of Atiak-Nimule Roads’ Project, the Northern Uganda Farmers’ Livelihood Improvement Project and the Interconnection of Electric Grids of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries’ Project.
The President thanked former Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, for working on roads within Kampala such as the Kafumbe Mukasa road.
“The construction of modern roads has started. Earlier we were just beginning but we have now started and will not just stop there,” he said.
The Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, Mr. Kazuaki Kameda, said that his government was committed to supporting the development of Uganda and that the project would help Uganda address the huge economic losses accruing from traffic congestion.