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RDA VICE BOARD CHAIRPERSON IMPRESSED WITH ROAD WORKS IN MUCHINGA PROVINCE
Completed section of the Mbala Nakonde Road in Northern Province
Road Development Agency (RDA) Vice Board Chairperson Phidelia Sichone Mwaba has said she is impressed with the progress that has been recorded on various road works in Muchinga Province where 60 kilometer of Chama Matumbo Road has been completed.
Speaking when she conducted a familiarization tour of the road projects in the Province recently, Mrs. Mwaba who led a team of other board RDA officials in inspecting the works said it was good to appreciate what the Agency was doing in the province. She expressed satisfaction with the quality of works and the pace at which the contractors are carrying out works.
Mrs. Mwaba stated that apart from creating job opportunities for local people, the roads would generally open up the area for economic development. She further commended contractors engaged in upgrading of road works for the quality of works exhibited so far despite facing challenges such as cutting the mountains to reduce the slope on the road.
Deputy Permanent Secretary for Muchinga Province Nsofwa Chanda said he is happy with the road projects being run in the province and requested contractors through RDA to speed up the works. He stated that the province has so much economic potential which needed to be expanded.
Projects visited included the Chama-Matumbo road which is expected to be completed in December this year. The 115 kilometres stretch, which is being constructed from the great north road in Shiwang’andu district to Chama district across the Luangwa bridge will gobble K399 million. The works are being executed by China Jiangxi Corporation. The project commenced in December, 2012 for a period of thirty six (36) months with a completion date of 14th December 2015.
Dr. SCOTT FLAGS OFF MONZE-NIKO ROAD WORKS.
Acting Republican President, His Excellency Dr. Guy Scott has commissioned the construction works of approximately 74km of the Monze – Niko road in Southern Province. The road which is currently in gravel and poor state is being upgraded to bituminous standards at a contract sum of K230 million.
Dr. Scott who was accompanied by Ministers of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga and Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Hon. Emmanuel Chenda, said the road that was being constructed was for the benefit of all the people living in the area.
Speaking in Monze on Tuesday, Dr. Scott said that he was proud to have graced the ground breaking ceremony for the commencement of works for the road. He noted that the Monze – Niko Road Project had remained on the drawing board for many years.
Dr. Scott said it was elating that the Patriotic Front Government under the leadership of the late President Michael Chilufya Sata had delivered the project which is earmarked for completion by end 2015.
He noted that in the 3 years that his Government had been in power, many roads, schools and hospitals had been built. He said he wanted his Government to be remembered for the developmental projects that were being undertaken countrywide.
”We want to be remembered by the Zambians for the developmental projects. I am calling on all the chiefs in the area and all stakeholders to use the road for the prosperity of the local people,” Dr. Scott said.
Meanwhile the Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga said that he was happy to have witnessed the flagging off ceremony for the road. He said the road was an important link that connects Namwala to Monze and that it had remained in a gravel state for many years. The Minister also observed that although the road had received periodic maintenance over the years, it remained difficult to use the road in the rainy season.
“The poor state of the road affects the smooth movement of agriculture produce, however with the construction of the road, the economic potential of this area will be unlocked,” He said.
The Project is part of the link Zambia 8000, an accelerated National Road Construction Programme aimed at constructing approximately 8000 kilometres of new roads across the country.
And speaking earlier, Southern Province Minister, Hon. Daniel Munkombwe said he was grateful to the late Republican president Michael Chilufya Sata for bringing development to the province. He was particularly pleased that the Monze- Niko road and the Bottom road was being constructed under his tenure as Minister.
And the Minister of Local Government and Housing Hon. Emmanuel Chenda said it is his Governments resolve to improve infrastructural development for the Country.
The successful completion of the road will greatly unlock the economic potential of Monze and Namwala. The completion of the road will make ease movement of goods and services as well as boost agriculture production. Once completed, the road will also provide easy access to social amenities such as schools and hospitals. Travel time and vehicle costs will also be reduced.
The Project is being executed by Unik Construction limited in conjunction with Buildcon Zambia Limited Joint Venture to undertake the Project.
The construction of the road that started on 5 May 2014 is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
ACTING PRESIDENT SCOTT INSPECTS LUANGWA - FEIRA ROAD.
Acting Republican President His Excellency Dr. Guy Scott has said his government was preoccupied with delivering development to the people as evidenced by the construction of roads, schools and hospitals in various parts of Country.
Speaking when he toured the newly constructed 91km Luangwa Bridge to Feira Road, a District Hospital and a secondary school over the long weekend, Dr. Scott said the development being delivered by his government was there to speak for itself.
He told Senior Chief Mbuluma of the Kunda people of Luangwa district when he paid a courtesy call on him that two years ago he (Dr. Scott) and the Late President Mr. Michael Chilufya promised to construct a tarred road to Luangwa district which had since been done.
“Two years ago when we came here in Luangwa we told you that we were going to construct the Luangwa Feira road, a high school and a district hospital. You can see for yourselves the road has been constructed (and) there is nothing I can say,” said Dr. Scott.
And Senior Chief Mbuluma said he was very grateful to the Patriotic Front government for constructing the road in his chiefdom which his subjects were gladly using to transport there agro produce to the market.
“On behalf of the people of Luangwa I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences on the passing of our beloved late President Michael Chilufya Sata May His Soul Rest in Peace. We thank you your Excellency Dr. Guy Scott, Mrs. Scott and the PF government for constructing the Luangwa – Feira road, today our people are using the road,” said Senior Chief Mbuluma.
The Projects inspected by Dr. Scott in the company of his wife were the 91km Luangwa – Feira Road which has been upgraded from gravel to bituminous standard for the first time since independence with 95% of the road works completed, a secondary school and a district hospital.
And Road Development Agency (RDA) Director Construction and Rehabilitation, Eng. Kanyuka Mumba said the Luangwa – Feira road had been constructed at a total cost of K 314.9 million by the Contractor, China – Geo Engineering Corporation.
“The Road Development Agency (RDA) awarded a contract to China – Geo to construct the 91 km stretch from Luangwa Bridge to Faira from gravel road to bituminous standard and so far 95% of the roads works have been done. Bicon (z) Limited are the consultants and so far motorists are using the road,” said Eng. Mumba.
He further said that the road works were scheduled for completion in March 2015 adding that once completed it would be of great benefit to the local people who had difficulties in transporting the products like fish to the other parts of the country for sale. The road was also expected to boost trade, tourism and Agriculture.
The inspection was conducted on Friday 26th December 2014 and was also attended by senior government officials and RDA management and staff.
WiLT HONOURS RDA STAFF.
The Women in Logistics and Transport Zambia (WiLT) under the umbrella of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has honored Road Development Agency (RDA) Senior Manager Design, Eng. Grace Mutembo with the recognition award for being the first female Senior Manager Design in the history of the Agency.
Receiving the award at Fundraising Breakfast meeting held yesterday at Cresta Golf View Hotel in Lusaka graced by Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga, Eng. Mutembo said it was inspiring to know that her contribution to the road sector was being recognized as a woman.
Eng. Mutembo said the gesture by WiLT was encouraging even to the girl child adding that the recognition of women who were in the road sector was a good message to other women out there to work even harder.
“It is inspiring to know that my contribution to the Road Sector is being recognized as a woman. The gesture by WiLT is encouraging to the girl child and this recognition of women who are leading in this sector is a message to our women out there,” she said. She was presented with a shield by the Minister and the Acting President of CILT, Mrs. Phidelia Mwaba who is also the Co-ordinator of WiLT.
Gracing the occasion, Hon. Mukanga said it was encouraging to see women who were making strides in developing their career where being recognized, a thing he said was inspiring to the young ladies who were coming up.
And Mrs. Mwaba said in recognition of Eng. Mutembo’s outstanding performance as the first Senior Manager Design in RDA, that she had been selected to receive an award at the function, a move which was in line with one of the objectives of WiLT which was to enhance women professionalism in the Sector. She said this objective was aiming at motivating younger women to aspire for such positions.
Eng. Mutembo was among the five women that received the recognition award among which were Zambia Information Technology and Communications Authority (ZICTA) Director General, Mrs. Margaret Chalwe Mudenda, President of Women in Construction Association, Mrs. Dorothy Mulwila, the first and only female pilot in Civil Aviation, Captain Yichidi Ndhlovu and Mrs. Valerie Sesia, Executive Director at Customized Forwarding and Clearing Limited. The Breakfast was held on Thursday, 17th December, 2014.