By Elgon Daily reporter
KAMPALA: The Japanese government has extended a grant donation of USD$187,625 (625m/=) towards supporting the community based managed access road repairs project using the new DO_NOU Japanese technology that embraces the utilization of locally available materials to repair community based road network without use of machinery.
The development came to light yesterday during the launching ceremony for the DO_NOU technology project held at Golf course hotel in Central division of Kampala of which project shall be piloted under the “community road empowerment” (CORE) an NGO based in Kamwokya to operate in the communities of Kamwokya in central division and others in Wakiso district including Kabumba, Lugazi, Tumbaali and Nakedde respectively.
The Japanese ambassador to Uganda his excellence Kazuaki Kameda revealed that his government has offered the funds with a view to economically empower youths within those project communities to help them use the funds that shall be channelled through their well-organized Sacco’s.
“These funds are from the Japanese government grants scheme for Japanese NGOs working abroad to help implement the new DO_NOU technology of which is all about mobilising communities to repair their local access road network by forming Saccos to be able to access district tenders to locally fix those roads and use Cash to set up income generating projects with proceeds to benefit the members “noted Kameda.
The CORE Japan head office chairman Prof. Makoto Kimura explained to the over 40 community beneficiary members how part of the funds shall go into training them how to apply the technology as well as registering their SACCOs for effective implementation of the project.
He said they would soon embark on training the members how the technology works saying locals shall be supplied with gunny bags stuffed with appropriate fill material like gravel, construction waste or sand tied then laid systematically for spot improvement in impassable roads.
The ministry of works and transport permanent Secretary Bageya Waiswa who was represented by the commissioner construction standards and quality management Winfred Okello said they would embrace the new technology and incorporate it into their ministry training guidelines.
The chief administrative officer CAO Wakiso district Luke Lokuda and Kampala central division Mayor Charles Musoke Sserunjogi who are both beneficiary leaders pledged all the necessary support to ensure that their is value for money and that they would deploy their technical staff for positive sustainability agenda.
They told the ambassador that they urge the beneficiary locals to form SACCOs and be able to qualify to access district road repair tenders that do not exceed 30m/= under the strategic application of the public procurement and disposal of assets authority PPDA Act.