|From the Executive Director|
Welcome to our Website. I see this website as an important forum in which UNRA interfaces with stakeholders, the general public and other major players in the road sector.
The importance of the road sector in the dynamics of national development cannot be over emphasised. To build a strong national economy, a strong administrative system and a strong socio-political infrastructure you need to build roads. Is it any surprise therefore that all empire builders of old like the Roman Emperors and the colonial administrations emphasised the building of roads.
Since the roads sector is at the centre of national development, we at the Uganda National Roads Authority feel privileged to play such a central role in our country’s development. Yet to achieve the goals for which the government set up UNRA, we have to have belief in a set of values and ideals which should guide our day-today operations.
These values should be balanced with the expectations from the stakeholders in the road sector namely: the government as the primary benefactor, the general public, development partners and our service providers.
Although the road sector has had an image problem in the last few years, I believe that the establishment of UNRA gives us an opportunity to make a fresh start with a new mandate. Our corporate image will be founded on trust generated from our interaction with the public; and most importantly by delivering on our promises.
We want the general public to be our partners and hold us accountable. However this can only be achieved if road users are well informed about our projects and get to know our limitations. We are not going to make false promises but we will do our very best to achieve Government goals and improve the national road network
Since it started operations on July 1st 2008, Uganda National Roads Authority has been planning and implementing effective measures to address the road maintenance problem. The authority is also undertaking a comprehensive road upgrading and rehabilitation programme.
Critical strategic investments will include the reconstruction of priority sections on the Northern Transport Corridor from Busia/Malaba to Katuna. US $200 million was provided in Financial Year 2008/09 for work on this international highway and a total of US $600 million over the next three years for the construction of major highways. This is the first time that we committed such substantial funding from our own budgetary resources to the construction of major roads.
The development of these major routes will be done through Government partnership with the private sector in a manner that enables the greatest efficiency in delivery of new highway roads at the least possible cost.
As part of the strategic planning process, UNRA have embarked on feasibility studies to design a total of over 1200kms of new road upgrading projects in various parts of the country. Bridges at Awoja, Agu, Mpondwe Border Post and the second Nile Bridge at Jinja will be designed for construction.
This website is a vehicle through which the UNRA Board and Management can communicate with all players in the sector and all Ugandans in general.
Eng. Peter Ssebanakitta, Executive Director.