Eng. Jaffer Aita Joel, the main contractor behind the construction of Arua’s Arua Hill Stadium has given an update on the developments of the ongoing works while appearing in a live interview on WestNile TV during the online platform’s weekly Sunday Special Edition show.
Echoing on the motivation behind involving himself in the project, Aita noted that he was inspired by the Dead Investments in the country like Namboole stadium that propelled him to embark on a live stadium functioning; he also noted that the approach by the city council (municipal council by then) gave him more motivation to start on the project.
According to Jaffer the estimated 20,000 seater stadium project will among other things comprise of a Basketball and Tennis court, Volleyball court, Gyms, Dressing rooms and an indoor games location site on the spaces in the pavilions depending on what the designers come up with. He also noted that the project is currently funded by Development Infrastructure (another company project of his) but the businesses that will surround the stadium will later on fund the stadium through their rent arrears to the city council which will own the Stadium.
Invited to speak on sports infrastructural development in the region, Mr. Aita pointed that the project which started on 30th, June 2019 was estimated to last for 2 years despite the challenges of rains and COVID-19 Pandemic that slowed down the works. He further stated that they have put in place measures like constant night and day operations to beat their expected deadline of June 2021.
Asked whether clubs will have to pay to use the stadium after completion, Mr. Aita notes that they haven’t reached any financial negotiations with clubs given that works are still limited but according to him, he would suggest clubs use it for free and only pay for the maintenance of the facility.
On the nature of the turf and playing surfaces, the senior engineer noted that they reached a partnership with an Israel company to provide four different types of turfs that will accommodate the activities without being damaged.
West Nile currently has various football grounds like Greenlight, Barokoro, Nyarilo, Chelechelea, Barifa (Dorcus Inzikuru Stadium) but according to Mr. Aita Jaffer, His next project will not be to upgrade these pitches but develop those in other districts like Gulu and Hoima which have contacted him; he also pointed out that the famously known Dorcus Inzikuru Stadium, Barifa, cannot make any financial sense in the near future given its location and feasibility.