Gulu Unveils Plan to Rehabilitate Pece Stadium

5431 Views Gulu, Uganda

In short
Aldo Otto, the Gulu district sports officer says despite the fact that the education and sports ministry has shown committee to rehabilitate the stadium, the district committee in charge of the facility, has resolved that students participate in its rehabilitation.

Gulu district has unveiled a plan requiring each of the 17,000 students in the district to contribute UGX 500 for the rehabilitation of Pece stadium. The regional sports facility, which was built in 1959, is in a very sorry state. Part of the perimeter wall of the stadium collapsed and the sanitary facilities and lightning systems are non functional.

Aldo Otto, the Gulu district sports officer says despite the fact that the education and sports ministry has shown committee to rehabilitate the stadium, the district committee in charge of the facility,  has resolved that students participate in its rehabilitation. He says they hope to raise UGX 30 million from schools in the district at the beginning of the next term for rehabilitating the stadium. 


He says the hope to embark on the rehabilitation of the stadium in March once the money is collected.
 
//Cue in: "and they are……………
Cue out:……………Paeriod of time"//

Otto says they will also ask non Governmental organizations and the district to contribute towards the rehabilitation of the stadium.  He also reveals that, Ministry of Education and Sports recently sent consultant to carry out a needs assessment and take soil sample for analysis to establish whether they can hold a standard building.
 
He says the ministry expects to embark on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the stadium early next year. Other stadiums earmarked for rehabilitation are Kabale, Mbarara, Masaka, Jinja and Mbale Patrick Emmanuel Muinda, the Public Relations Officer-PRO Ministry of Education and Sports says the stadiums will get better pavilions, dressing rooms and stores. 


He says they are currently drawing the designs of the stadium but no costs have been attached on the plan yet. Denis Lubangakene, a local footballer blames the vandalism at the stadium to lack of security. He says people freely access the stadium, which makes it vulnerable.

 

 

About the author

Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.