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PPDA urges contractors for accountability and transparency

The Public Procurement and Public Asset Disposal Authority (PPDA) has directed contractors of government seed schools funded under the Uganda Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers (UgIFT) program to account in a timely manner for the works being executed.

UgIFT aims to improve the adequacy and equity of fiscal transfers and improve the fiscal management of local government resources for health and education services.

On April 30, the PPDA Board supervised construction works at Kidukuru Seed Secondary School, Buhanika Sub-County in Hoima District.

PPDA Board Procurement Specialist Levi Kabagambe said the accountability of all seed schools under construction in the country must be done timely to ensure that value for money is achieved.

“Value for money depends on many things that need to be put into context, including efficiency, time and overall project cost,” Kabagambe said.

In addition, he charged the communities where the projects are carried out to take ownership of them and report any form of corruption and poor quality work.

“Parents should bring students to school so that it does not become a white elephant,” Mr Kabagambe added.

Construction of the Sh3.4 billion seed school, which is being carried out by P&D Traders and Contractors Limited, began on December 9, 2022 and is expected to be handed over to the government on December 9, 2024.

Components of the project include the administrative building block, classrooms, staff quarters, a computer lab, a library and a playground. The contractor is currently roofing the structures.

Julius Ishungisa, president of the board of directors of the PPDA, was impressed by the progress of the works. He tasked the contractor to effectively adhere to the schedule given to him by the government to ensure that the project is delivered as stipulated in the contract.

“The project is pretty much finished and on track, but our concern is whether it can be finished before the end of the year,” he said.

Site director Martin Ssengendo said construction work at the school is at 69 per cent and expressed optimism that it will be delivered on schedule.

“We hope to complete the project within the stipulated time of 24 months,” he stated.

Ismail Kusemererwa, Executive Director of the Midwest Region Anti-Corruption Coalition, who is also a supervisor of the PPDA Board, called for transparency in the implementation of the project.

“We have deployed observers across the region to monitor government projects under construction. We have also partnered with the various local governments,” she said.