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Friday, December 08, 2017 

Procurement Entities and contractors told to share projects info

KAMPALA, UGANDA- Government Procurement Entities (PE) and Contractors handling government infrastructure projects like roads have been urged always to share information relating to the ongoing works with the general public.

 Sharing information with the general public, according to construction experts reduces the chances of corruption and doing substandard work by the contractors.

 Speaking in Kampala during the release of the 1stAssurance report conducted by the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (COST) on disclosure of information about construction projects, Engineer Hamish Goldie-Scot said it’s vital for the general public to own government infrastructure projects.

“The information about the ongoing projects should made available to the local people, this will help them to understand its costs, the contractors being contracted to execute the project , the execution period once the local communities are empowered with the information  this will reduces tendencies of corruption  and  substandard work “  Harnish said.

COST is an infrastructure Transparency Initiative aimed at Improving Citizens lives through enhancing a better infrastructure.      

 He further advised government always to contract contractors and supervising contractor whose man power has the necessary capacity to execute the projects and also to supervise the contractors.

“Both the contractor and the supervising agency must be well trained and skilled to execute the projects. Once government agency contracts well experienced contracting firm to execute the infrastructure projects but being supervised by incompetent supervising firm the ending results of the project will be substandard,” he said.

The information Assurance disclosure survey was conducted by Multi sector stakeholder group on five contracts in three procurement Entities of Kampala capital city authority, Wakiso district Local government (District) and the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

The scope of the study entails five  projects  which include  Lot1 Lot 4 and KIIDP2 under the KCCA , the new  Nile bridge  project under UNRA  and  the Namasuba  -Ndejje –Kitiko road project under the Wakiso  District Local government .

Discussing the finding from the study, Dr.Eng Jotham Sempewo  who headed  the COST  Assurance  professionals at COST Uganda chapter  said the results showed low level of disclosure due to lack of formal Disclosure Requirement. In the study, disclosure for the KCCA projects was at 37.8% for Lot2-KCCA 44.4% for Lot 4-KCCA and 40% for KIID2project.

Wakiso District roads project realized an average disclosure rate of about 44.4% and 53.3 for the design. For the UNRA project, it was at 84.4%.

Sempewo noted that some projects sigh boards lack crucial information like project start dates and duration period hence levels of disclosure are still very low, which he says can be attributed to stringent regulation in the Procurement entity.

“In some PE authorization to obtain information from the PE was painfully slow, “he said.

 

Olive Kabatwaire the COST programme office said they are committed to ensuring that the general public is brought on board when it comes to government infrastructure projects.    

By SAMUEL NABWIISO, Friday, December 08th, 2017