GULU – The National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) has secured land in Gulu city for the construction of a giant water reservoir, thanks to the family of the late speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanyah.
His elder son, Andrew Ojok, handed over the 60×60 metre plot situated in Kanyagoga C Ward in the Bardege-Layibi division along the Gulu-Nimule Highway to NWSC on Monday. Francis Owot, the NWSC’s Director of Finance, says that the land offer comes after more than three years of talks with Oulanyah’s family. He says that Oulanyah’s health kept the land acquisition from going forward.
When the dry season comes around, Owot says the NWSC will build a water reservoir that can hold five million and three hundred thousand litres of water to help Gulu City and the surrounding areas.
Apparently, about ten million litres of water are needed in Gulu city, but the water body only pumps seven million litres currently. Owot said that the new reservoir will make sure that there is enough water, and it will add to the five million-liter underground tank they already have.
Eng. Jonson Ambayo, the Deputy Managing Director of NWSC, says that they supply water to the reservoir from Karuma Dam and extend their services to other districts and towns, including Omoro.
Speaking during the launch, Eng. Badru Kiggundu, the NWSC Board Chairperson, applauded the Oulanyah family for the good gesture, adding that once the construction works are completed, the water reservoir will be named “Jacob Oulanyah Okori” in memory of his good deeds to humanity.
While handing over the plot, Andrew Ojok said that they were happy to serve humanity since it had always been his father’s wish.
Ivan Tekakwo, the NWSC Spokesperson for the Gulu Area, says that the company that has been hired to do the work will start building next month.