Due to delays in project execution, around Sh300 billion of the World Bank-funded Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Programme (USMID) funding is still unused.
The World Bank’s senior urban infrastructure specialist, said requests for additional funding can only be met when quality and deadlines are met during a review of the status of key infrastructure projects being implemented by local governments in the West Nile and northern Uganda.
Several local governments have returned significant sums of money. According to the minister, border communities are ineligible for USMID initiatives. Yumbe, Terego, Arua districts, and Arua are among the local administrations that are putting USMID into practice.
The mayor of Arua City in West Nile, Mr. Sam Wadri, said that nearly Sh9 billion had been returned to the Treasury despite the fact that the city needs money to build bridges and other facilities. The development of a Sh1. 1 billion multifunctional recreational complex, according to Terego authorities, is proceeding as planned.