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Dott Services Ready To Hand Over State Of The Art Arua Central Market To Locals To Boost Trade In New City….

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Two years back, Dott Services Ltd. embarked on a government project to construct Arua Central Main Market, the first of its kind in the whole district.

The Shs34.9bn Arua Central Market project was funded by the Africa Development Bank (ADB) under the Ministry of Works and construction commenced on the 18th Feb 2018 and the market will be ready for use by the 18th of October this year.

Mr. Mayombwe Hudson

Mr. Mayombwe Hudson, the site surveyor and supervisor confirmed that the project is 90% complete, “There’s no other structured market like this one in Arua, it will serve not only Arua but other neighboring places like Maracha and even Congo among other places.”

After completion, the Arua Central Main Market that sits on approximately four acres of land will be just enough to house thousands of traders. With a distribution of three levels of construction namely; the basement floor, ground floor and top floor with two major blocks (A and B) subdivided into two each (A1, A2 and B1, B2).

The market will among other businesses accommodate lockup shops, clothing and textile, fresh foods and beverages, restaurants, saloons plus many more related businesses.

The state of the art architectural plan of the central market is a master stroke, because of its user friendly nature; it will without doubt successfully help solve the question of crowding and untidiness so common in highly populated markets.

The entire basement will upon completion be powered by a 24/7 solar system to light away the shades of darkness underneath the building.

The market has a garbage collection area inside each one of the three floors, on both blocks. It is designed with a big tunnel that runs from the top to the basement, where garbage trucks will line up in turns to carry off the garbage in an extended effort to efficiently do away with littering.

The facility has cleaner’s rooms, equally distributed toilet rooms on each floor, including a provision for people with disabilities and a safe day care center ample space to accommodate nursing children of workers.

Besides designing stalls for fish and state of the art butcheries with drainage channels, the architectural plan of the facility also has a provision for fixed stoves for restaurants and kitchen use specially designed with smoke absorbers, powered by solar system regulators.

Dott Services area site surveyor however pointed out torrential rainfalls as a big upset to their work, and also admitted that the outbreak of the coronavirus has slowed down their works, citing that unlike basic building materials like cement which can be purchased locally, they strictly can only ship in some materials from abroad for construction, freezing their operations a numerous number of times.

 

By Baron Kironde

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God Will Ask You How A Good Musician Went Bankrupt – Museveni Launches National Intellectual Property Policy, Inventors To Be Fully Protected By The Law…

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President Yoweri Museveni has today presided over the launch of the National Intellectual Property Policy at State House.

Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Intellectual Property rights grant the owner of the work exclusive rights to exploit and benefit from his/her creations.

The National Intellectual Property Policy will therefore give Ugandans full protection from the law and enable them to earn from their toil and sweat.

The IP plan is a visionary tool looking forward to a Uganda where innovation and creativity can efficiently stimulate sustainable development.

The strategy is aimed at creating a robust IP value chain that fosters innovation and creativity as pillars of sustainable development in the country.

At the launch, President Museveni commended that it is crucial that individuals are rewarded for their innovations. He however cited that IP rights cannot be talked about without addressing the issue of funding for scientist who are behind most of the innovations.

On the same occasion, Museveni also noted that the National IP Policy doesn’t only cover the work of scientists, but also protects the creative work of artists like songs, paintings, among other artistic works.

“It is also a calling from God because God will ask you how a good musician went bankrupt,” he humorously commented.

“It is not good to betray the people you serve. When you serve, you should make sure there are no stones left unturned,” he added.

“For many years, African literature was oral. We now have an opportunity to preserve our rich African literature through copyright. It is important that the government creates an environment where creativity and innovation can thrive,” Museveni said.

President Museveni said that the NRM is committed to supporting innovations aimed at increasing the profitability of Ugandans engaged in different enterprises because one of the leading factors contributing to effective policy implementation is the political commitment and will from the highest level of government.

 

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Gov’t Applauds Patidar Samaj Community For Supporting COVID19 Fight…

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Seremba inspecting the facility

The government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health has applauded the Patidar Samaj Community for their effort in the fight against the deadly COVID19 Pandemic.

Geoffrey Seremba the undersecretary in the Ministry of Health thanked Patidar Samaj Community for giving government their property as a quarantine center to accommodate hundreds of Ugandans who returned from abroad.

Seremba with members of Patidar Samaj Comunity

Dr. Richard Mugabi, the National Coordinator COVID19 explained that the experts have assessed the premises located on plot 11/13 Bombo road and found them fit to be a quarantine centre.

“The site has a capacity of 100 residents. We appreciate and accept this offer from the Patidar Samaj Community. The Ministry of Health has committed to avail the items to ensure the site is fully functional,” Muhahi noted.

He promised that the government is going to provide the site with bed sheets, blankets, fumigation, security and food for the quarantined returnees.

Some of the Patidar Samaj community leaders

On behalf of the Patidar Samaj Community, Patel Kamlesh the chairperson Board of trustees revealed that they have spent over Shs.50m on working on the facility to make it fit for the returnees and government is free to use it.

He added that the reason behind their move to give the said facility to government was after realizing that all the facilities put in place to accommodate COVID19 suspects and patients are full.

Patidar Samaj is under the Indian Association in Uganda.

 

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Government Inks Oil Pipeline Deal With Total…

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President Yoweri Museveni today presided over the signing of the Host Government Agreement (HGA) for the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project between the government and Total.

Museveni congratulated Total upon concluding this agreement which he said will now move Uganda closer to production of crude oil in Uganda.

“It has taken long but I want to assure Ugandans that this was deliberate. We have gone through every item,” Museveni said.

Statiscally, Uganda as a country has oil as a small fraction of its wealth. The big part is agriculture, industry, services and human resource. Museveni however said that Oil can be a good spark for transformation.

“It will bring money which we shall use to develop infrastructure, science and technology. This money will not be used for consumption. We shall use it to enhance our durable capacity,” Museveni said.

“I welcome our partners from France, led by the Total CEO and Chairman, Patrick Pouyanne. I will get in touch with His Excellency John Pombe Magufuli to follow up on Tanzania’s host agreement,” he added.

Museveni congratulated the Ugandan team, and commended them for being good negotiators.

Museveni confirmed that Uganda now has a good petroleum team in terms of science, economics, adding that they always help him because they know everything that’s happening across the world in the oil sector.

 

By Baron Kironde

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