UGANDA, Lango | Real Muloodi News | Last month, the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) revealed a partnership with Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) to build 25 new industrial parks throughout the country. Three industrial parks will be established in the Lango sub-region. When completed, the three industrial parks in the Lango sub-region will employ over 10,000 people in Oyam, Dokolo, and Lira districts.
The budget for this project is yet to be completed. However, the new parks are being built in the districts of Gulu, Arua, Buliisa, Kabarole, Mityana, Kabale, Rakai, Tororo, Iganga, Bushenyi, Luweero-Nakaseke, Hoima, Lira, Masaka, Mubende, and Nakasongola.
The director of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry for north and northeastern Uganda, Mr Bosco Ogwang Edola, said, “the government plans to establish 22 industrial parks across the country to create jobs.”
Mr Hamza Galiwango, director of Industrial Park Development at UIA, confirmed that the government has already bought the land for the project. Lira district authorities gave away 200 acres at Lira City East Division and Aler Farm.
Mr Francis Okello Olwa, the acting secretary from Lira district land board, said, “as Lira district, we are giving 200 of our 800 acres of land in Aler. We have a freehold title for it.”
Mr Patrick Ogweng, the Lira City deputy-clerk, noted, “the establishment of the industrial parks will create job opportunities and foster development.”
Two weeks ago, the state Minister for Investment, Ms Evelyn Anite, visited Dokolo and Lira to follow up on how the project progresses.
The Dokolo Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Isa Mbooge, said, “We have over 400 acres of land in Koroto on freehold title which we have given to the government for the establishment of an industrial park. We believe this will boost development and job creation.”
Notably, Mr James Apili Otto, the Dokolo district chairperson, rallied the government to ensure that the development initiative included farmers.
“We want agro-processing factories and fish processing factories since we are blessed with Lake Kwania and Lake Kyoga,” said Mr Apili.