National Building Review Board and Uganda Police on Friday, halted civil construction work at Arua Hill stadium after the partial collapse of the cantilever on Wednesday 31st-March-2021.
Mr Adria Anthony the Senior City Engineer confirmed to West nile Television that the project has been halted through the National Building Review Board and the Police.
” The project of constructing the mini Arua Hill stadium with effect from yesterday when we had visitors from the National Building Review Board, they visited us here under audit and we had a number of discussions with them but one of it was what are the things we are doing to enforce quality projects in the City and they had given us forms and wanted to see weather we had start using the forms and one of the forms is order to stop building operation.” Anthony attested to WESTLNILE TV.
” So with what happened at the stadium where the cantilever had collapsed with the wall and had caused cracks on the four columns i had nothing but to feel the order to stop the building operation.
” But this form was underlooked by the management of Arua Hill stadium site so we gave a copy to the enforcement but the enforcement didn’t take it up until yesterday when these people came they saw it and went to site they operationalized it with the police and those who were working there were stopped with immediate effect,” he added.
Mr Adria also said that some section of the materials were taken for test and work will restart only after investigations are done and confirmed.
” They started with testing of the material beam which collapsed certain section of it was taken for analysis then more engineers and technicians are going to come to carry more tests and confirm the quality it is until when the investigation is done then work can resume.” he continued.
This comes few days after officials from Arua City Development Forum called for the temporary suspension of construction work following the incident.
However the forum has been accused by social media users and Development Infrastructure for attempting to frustrate construction of the stadium after being denied a bribe of 100 million shillings that social media users described as the goat.
Arua Hill stadium which is set to seat 20000 people is constructed by Development infrastructure (DI) and will be owned by billionaire Jaffer Joel A’ita who also owns DI and Arua Hill Sports Club for 49 years before handing to the council.
The development will house not just the stadium, but shopping units, showrooms, restaurants, guest house, banks, parking yard performance venue and offices across a 9.7-acre development
It is earmarked to completed in December 2021 and will be the home ground for FUFA Big League outfit Arua Hill Sports Club and also the biggest Sports facility in West Nile region.