The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development yesterday 22 Nov. 16, held a meeting to provide a platform for Probase Manufacturing SDN BHD, to demonstrate a road construction technology which is easy, appropriate and cost effective to use.
Speaking during the meeting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga called for an increment in municipal budgeting to enable the tarmacked town council roads to be extended beyond 10kilometers.
“When I was participating in one of the charity runs, I was shocked to find that the tarmac within the town council only covered 10kms. This is a very small area,” Kadaga said.
“I appreciate that Probase has come in to show us that the road construction process can be cost effective, fast and can make roads durable,” she added.
Vincent Byendamira, the Commissioner Physical Planning, in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development said that Probase Road Construction technology has shown that roads can be durable and have a road life of up to 15-17 years.
“This company has been in Uganda for 10 years but their efforts have been frustrated by corrupt officials, yet we could have better roads in municipalities. I am grateful that the Speaker wrote to the President to meet with them,” Byendamira said.
During his presentation on behalf of Probase Manufacturing SDN BHD, Mr. Seow Cheng Soon, promised to deliver the highest quality materials for long lasting roads and said he was hopeful that he will sign the company Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU) for an annuity project for all municipal roads, such that there is uniformity and identification.
“Probase is a people’s centered company and our objectives are to reduce the cost and time of road construction, while training local a labour force such that Ugandans work for Uganda,” said Cheng.
Probase Manufacturing SDN BHD is a Malaysian Construction Company operating in more than 13 countries worldwide. The company has previously signed an MOU in 2014 for construction of roads in the wider Meru County in Kenya.
The meeting which was attended by representatives from Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda National Roads Authority, Makerere University, Procurement officers, Environmental officers, Engineers, all the Mayors and Town Clerks from the 14 pilot municipals, will highlight the road construction projects to the different engineers and under the municipal clusters, indicate a framework of the project.