Colas construction gives 7 tonnes of food to Covid19
By Kitts D.Mabonga
The United Kingdom based Colas construction company which is carrying out a chain of projects in
the country has extended a humble donation of 7 tonnes of high quality maize flour to the Covid19 fund.
While handing over the food consignment to the state minister of general duties in the office of the prime Mary Karooro Okurut yesterday in Kampala, the company Uganda country manager Mr.Lars Peter Jensen said they were responding to the presidential appeal to support the fight against the corona virus.
WELL DONE GENTLEMEN; [R-L] Minister Okurut joins the Colas officials, Eng. Sendagire and Jensen in displaying the donation confirmation certificate.
He noted that they would continue working with government agencies in this fight of the pandemic by urging people to respect and observe the Covid19 guidelines as set out by the ministry of health.
Minister Okurut on behalf of the president thanked Colas construction for their timely donation of which should be emulated by others in that sector.
Jensen told this website separately that his company is one of the largest construction companies in the world with 55,000 employees spread across 50 countries on 5 continents.
‘We pride ourselves on integrating fully in the communities in which we operate. We are both global and local in our approach and will continue to support Uganda in whatever way we can’ he noted.
In Uganda,he observed, they have been operating for many years and in 2017 they secured the contract in joint venture with SBC (Colas and SBI) to build the new Hoima International Airport. This will be a fully equipped and international airport with a 3.5km runway able to accommodate the largest aircraft and cargo planes
This project is now about 35% complete and funded by the Government of Uganda through a soft loan from UK Export Finance.
The project has become an international reference project in terms of the way we manage the environmental and social impacts and engage with the communities to leave a sustainable legacy.
Flanked by Eng. Sendagire Richard, Jensen also revealed that they are working with the Kampala capital city authority ( KCCA) in repairing several city suburbs road networks and separately helping the ministry of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries (MAAIF) in constructing high quality, durable and long lasting silos across the country.
MEMORABLE PICTURE MOMENT; [L-R] Colas chiefs, Jensen and Sendagire smile to our camera shortly after handing in their donation.
“Apart from constructing the 3.5Km runway in Hoima district where all international large capacity aircraft shall safely land without trouble, we are also working with KCCA in carrying out strategic suburbs based road network repairs among the divisions “ noted Jensen.
We are currently working with the KCCA to develop a project to rehabilitate and maintain several roads in urban Kampala to help alleviate the traffic jams, reduce the cost of vehicle maintenance due to the poor state of many roads and to include a maintenance contract to ensure the project becomes sustainable.
The project will also significantly support local construction companies and provide training, up skiling, access to plant and equipment and leave a legacy of improving the capability and capacity of local contractors.
He observed that they are constructing large scale silos in the country for the ministry of agriculture with a view that dry foods can be stored for future use as one of the ministry’s deliberate policy of handling and curbing the post harvest food losses that results into food insecurity.
He noted that they are currently working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to develop a project to establish silos and processing plants across the entire country. This project, when fully implemented will be a game-changer in terms of increasing the capacity to add value to agricultural produce in Uganda