By Priscillar Nyamahunge
A Shs1.6bn stone quarry plant was over the weekend commissioned to start operations in Kiruli village, Pakanyi Sub County, Masindi district.
The plant, dubbed FEBA stone quarry center and located about 25kms from Masindi town, is the first of its kind in the district.
It is situated in an area which is full of rocky stones which the proprietor Amos February said prompted him to set it up. It has a capacity of crashing 1000 tons of different sizes of stones per day.
While commissioning the plant, Zerubabel Nyira, the Member of Parliament Buruli county said that such an investment brings about socio-economic development in the area and therefore the community should own it.
“When such an investment comes on board, it is not only the proprietor who will be benefiting. It is something that will benefit the entire community or even the whole country in different ways”, Nyira said.
Nyira advised people in Masindi to emulate February and also set up investment centers that will bring about development in the area.
“Some of you have cattle farms and sell milk. It is better to start thinking of setting up a plant that will add value to your milk and make either cheese or yoghurt because such products have market”, Nyira said.
He appealed to the community to be hospitable to investors with an emphasis on the local ones.
“Some people think that all investors should be foreigners and start being hostile to local investors. Such an attitude should stop”, The MP said.
February, the proprietor, called upon the youth to avoid engaging themselves in gambling activities but rather use the little money they have to start up some enterprises for themselves.
“There is no successful person who starts from the top. One always starts on a small scale. Therefore, I appeal to you to save the little money you may have and start up something for yourselves. Just embrace God, work hard and be committed”, February said.
According to February, he wishes to tap resources from the construction of Kigumba-Masindi-Kyenjojo road.
“We are not sure when road works will begin but we would wish to be the distributors of some construction materials such as stones and culverts. We as Masindi people should also be part of the development”, February said.
He also said that since the area is surrounded by rocky hills, FEBA stone quarry center will soon embark on making rocky tiles.
He however called upon the area leaders to help them lobby for business opportunities and also lobby for government support to secure more two excavators which are necessary to improve on the capacity. Apparently, the plant is running on one excavator.
Bahebwa Longino, the deputy Resident District Commissioner Masindi, called upon the community to engage in activities like horticulture whose products he said have markets both locally and internationally.