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    Lamwo Residents Celebrate New Infrastructure Projects with Freehold Titles, Market, and Road

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    Lamwo Residents Celebrate New Infrastructure Projects with Freehold Titles, Market, and Road
    • June 27, 2024 • 26 days ago
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    Lamwo residents celebrated the inauguration of new infrastructure projects, including freehold land titles, a market, and a 25-kilometre road, under the USMID program, enhancing the district's economic prospects. Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba highlighted these developments as crucial for Lamwo's growth, particularly as a refugee-hosting community.

    Lamwo District was abuzz with excitement on June 26 as over 518 residents received freehold land titles, a new market, and a 25-kilometre road, all inaugurated under the Uganda Support to Municipal and Infrastructure Development (USMID) program.

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    The projects were officially opened by Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba in a grand ceremony at Ogili central A in Palabek Ogili Sub-county.Addressing the gathered crowd, Minister Nabakooba highlighted the significance of these developments, particularly for Lamwo's unique position as a refugee-hosting community.

    "Lamwo, with its 86,000 South Sudanese refugees, has shown remarkable hospitality, and these projects are a testament to the government's commitment to support such communities," Nabakooba stated.

    The newly constructed infrastructure, valued at Shs10.9 billion, includes the Shs1.6 billion Lagotopok market, a Shs1.5 billion resource center in Lamwo Town Council, and a 25-kilometre road linking Palabek Town Council and Lamwo Town Council, costing Shs6.4 billion.

    These projects are expected to significantly enhance the economic landscape of the district.

    Minister Nabakooba urged the beneficiaries to maximize the potential of these new assets.

    “Use your land productively and tap into avenues that the government has come up with to enable you to improve your economic welfare,” she advised.

    The market, in particular, is envisioned as a hub for local farmers to sell their agricultural produce, fostering economic growth and stability.

    Local leaders and residents expressed their gratitude and optimism about the future. John Okello, a resident who received a freehold title, shared his excitement,

    "This land title gives me security and the ability to plan for my family's future. I am grateful to the government for this opportunity."

    The sentiment was echoed by many others who see these projects as a pathway to better livelihoods.The new 25-kilometre road is expected to improve access to markets and services, thereby reducing transportation costs and opening up the district to more economic activities.

    "The road will transform our community by connecting us better with other parts of the district and beyond," noted Grace Acan, a local trader.

    The USMID program, which aims to enhance infrastructure and service delivery in Uganda's municipalities, has been instrumental in bringing these developments to Lamwo.

    This initiative aligns with the broader national strategy to improve the quality of life in rural and refugee-hosting areas, thus promoting equitable development across the country.

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    As the ceremony concluded, there was a palpable sense of optimism and renewed determination among Lamwo residents. The provision of freehold titles, coupled with new infrastructure, marks a significant milestone for the district. With the government's support, the community is poised to leverage these resources for sustainable economic growth and improved living standards.

    The developments in Lamwo not only highlight the effectiveness of the USMID program but also underscore the importance of targeted government interventions in fostering inclusive growth.

    As Minister Nabakooba aptly put it,

    "These projects are not just about infrastructure; they are about empowering communities to build a better future."

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