By Gabriel Adrapi & Daniel Amule
On Wednesday 8th May 2019, residents and leaders of Arua Municipality witnessed the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a modern Mini-Stadium worth 20 billion shillings.
Construction of a Mini Stadium in Arua Municipality has commenced with official site hand over to Development Infrastructure Uganda and Sunday Olishe Initiative in conjunction with Arua municipal council.
Joel Aita, Director Development Infrasture Uganda Limited, who derived the initiative of Arua Mini Stadium from the 2014 government local economic policy, said that under the project they will invest 300 million to do a general facelift of Arua Hill Primary School.
This will include building a new classroom block and other major renovations on the school. In the meantime Arua Municipality and the contractor will agree to get an alternative playground for Hill Primary School.
Mr Joel Aita, the chief executive officer of Joadah consults engineering firm, the brain child of the stadium development plan said West Nile region’s diversity and access to market in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan and Central African Republic makes it ideal for investment.
The chairperson Arua Hill Division, Ocokoru Nezima, has assured the investor of total support by the local government, despite controversies’ surrounding the project. She stressed that the enormous talent in different sporting disciplines in the region justifies the multi-million investment in the sports stadium.
Deputy Mayor Arua municipal council, Kalsum Abdu Fadimula, is advocating for development of several stadiums in the district to promote local sporting talents. She appealed to youth to desist from being used by unscrupulous people to engage in fighting development.
The Member of Parliament Arua municipality, Wadri Kasiano appealed to the investor to employ as many people from the municipality to the work as possible. He also stressed that after completion of the work priority be given to Westnilers to benefit from the project.
The Member of Parliament castigated those who were fighting the project but called them to unite and cooperate in order to develop the Westnile. He drove his point home by using a Terego proverb “Dri alu nzi ezele ku” that literally means one finger can not open the but hole appealing for cooperation.
The stadium with maximum capacity of 20.000 people for a single match is projected to cost about 20 billion Ugandan shillings. There is also a provision for a 3-star hotel with 54 rooms, 315 shops and offices, two banks, supermarkets, clinics and a pharmacy worth over 12.6 million United States dollars.
Arua municipal council, custodian of the land, measuring about 7.9 acres has leased the site to Development Infrasture Uganda limited, headed by Joel Aita Founder, President and Sunday Olieshe Chief Executive Officer at Joadah Consult Limited ,the consultant for the ongoing construction of Arua Main Market and Kuru Hospital in Yumbe District. End