By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
Over 20,000 people across the country are expected to embrace the Uganda Land Owners Association (ULOA) conference and trade expo dubbed “The Land Use Expo 2022,” officials have said.
The two days event will be graced by 300 exhibitors of whom 150 are expected to come from Northern Uganda.
During a recent press conference, Dr. Esther Akullo Owor, the Board Director of ULOA for Northern Uganda said: “Northern Uganda is one of the areas that have a lot of land, a lot of unused land and so, we expect them to actually be the majority.”
“That is possible because the land is a serious matter in Northern Uganda,” Dr. Akullo said. She appealed to all Ugandans to get to the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) show grounds to hear from the land experts.
Founded in 2007, ULOA was registered as a company limited by guarantee in 2010.
James Galabuzi Mukasa, the ULOA Executive Chairman said the association is a non-state and not-for-profit development organization established to render social justice to land owners and tenants in Uganda.
“This event will be taking place for two full days between 31st of August and 1st of September 2022 from 08:00a.m to midnight respectively. The venue of the expo will be at the UMA showground, Lugogo,” Galabuzi said.
He noted that with the spread of civilization, land has become a scarce entity and therefore, a recipe for conflict and hindrance for its full potential use and benefit.
“Through an inclusive, collaborative, and partnership framework, The Uganda Land Owners Association (ULOA) is desirous of resolving the persistent conflicts among land owners and tenants in the various parts of the country by undertaking community-driven economic empowerment schemes among its members to harness and boost the productivity of land, a critical factor of production,” Galabuzi added.
He revealed that the collaboration framework brings the issues of commercialized land use through appropriate value chain ventures to the fore and focuses on the models for equitable and sustainable utilization of land in a manner that guarantees reasonable returns for the land owner, tenant, and investor.
With the President of Uganda expected to be the Chief Guest during the two-day event, the association chairman clearly states that ULOA is motivated to undertake this initiative as a way of contributing to the operationalization and achievement of the vision on land use of President Museveni.
Davidson Madira who is the ULOA’s advisor said the land is very important for infrastructure development, citing roads, railways, airports, and universities among other entities.