Local authorities in the southern district of Nyamagabe are prioritising development of infrastructure, including roads and modern commercial buildings, to spur local growth and urbanisation.
Among the key priorities include the construction of a four-storey modern market to help boost revenue and improve people’s livelihoods.
Many of the projects are financed by the district while others are catered for under the public-private partnerships, according to the district mayor, Philbert Mugisha.
Mugisha said on Wednesday that by focusing on infrastructure development, the district was expecting to transform the image of Nyamagabe town, spur investment and give local residents an opportunity to invest and prosper.
“We are working closely with the private sector to ensure a positive transformation, expansion and growth of our city,” Mugisha said.
“Not long ago, this entire town had one storey building. But today, there are dozens of them and still counting.”
“The city is growing rapidly,” he said, adding that authorities continue to mobilise investors for further ventures.
He said plans to set up a modern market in the city centre were underway.
“We are giving the market a lot of attention because it will help fast-track development,” the mayor said.
The market will save local traders the pain of standing under the scorching sun and braving rains due to a lack of proper market, both the mayor and traders say.
Traders currently operate in a temporary makeshift market, made of wood and plastic sheeting as they await the completion of the modern market.
“A modern market will enable us reap more profits and help improve the general work conditions,” observed Gerardine Benegusenga, a fruits seller.