The Uganda Road Fund has contributed Shs 1.797 trillion to Uganda National Roads Authority throughout the former’s nine years of existence. Rahim Shakila, the public relations officer. She said the amount given in financial year 2009/2010 was Shs 71.54bn, and in the subsequent years, respectively, the figures were Shs 177.99bn, Shs 167.87bn, Shs 138.77, Shs 254.44, Shs 261.44bn, Shs 241.089bn, Shs 216.18bn, and Shs 267.92bn for 2017/2018.
UNRA’s URF-funded activities included rehabilitating the paved road of Jinja- Kamuli, Iganga-Kaliro, Lira-Akia railway access,Nakalama-Tirinyi-Mbale , Namunsi Sironko-Muyembe, Seeta-Namugongo, Kireka- Namugongo and Sungura Hill road. URF’s money also funded the rehabilitation of the bridges of Karuma, Pakwach, Kafu, Nkusi, Ngaromwenda, Ntungwe, Kazinga Channel, Mpanga, Nyamweru, Rwempungu and Kaiza.
Other activities that benefitted from URF collections included axle load operations and maintenance, street lighting, ferries operations and maintenance, road marking of paved roads, road reserves demarcation, road signage installation, tree planting, bottleneck improvements, repairs of flood damaged national roads in Karamoja, routine maintenance of bridges, routine mechanized and term maintenance, and periodic maintenance in form of regravelling of unpaved roads, remedial repairs and resealing, low-cost sealing technology and labour-based rehabilitation.
Eng. Michael Odongo, the executive director, says URF’s annual size currently exceeds Shs 417bn, and since inception, more than Shs 2 trillion has been disbursed to various designated agencies including UNRA.