RDA urged to expedite Kalabo-Sikongo works
Kalabo, June 10, 2013, ZANIS —— Western province permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba has appealed to the Road Development Agency (RDA) to commence construction works of the Kalabo-Sikongo Road .
Mr Mwamba says it is important that RDA moves on site so that the Kalabo-Sikongo road works moves alongside the construction of the Mongu-Kalabo road.
Mr. Mwamba said that the construction of the Mongu-Kalabo Road and the Kalabo-Sikongo Road were supposed to move in tandem as they would jointly result into a single economic road that would boast trade between Zambia and Angola.
Mr. Mwamba said this when he addressed workers and local residents in Kalabo and Sikongo districts during his three days tour ecently.
When he inspected construction works at the site of Sikongo secondary school, the permanent secretary said he was impressed with the progress made so far.
Mr. Mwamba said the contractor China Gansu was doing a commendable job and appealed to the local administration through district commissioner Kufuka Kufuka to support the project.
And China Gansu Site Manager Gua Sang Hwa told Mr Mwamba that the project was expected to be completed this year.
While in Sikongo, Mr. Mwamba also inspected Sikongo rural health centre which operates without the services of a laboratory technician and that test samples are sent to Kalabo.
Mr. Mwamba was also told that the water pump at Sikongo health centre broke down last december and was yet to be replaced prompting the PS to direct that a new one be procured immediately as the situation was unacceptable.
Mr. Mwamba also said that a submissive water pump and generator were urgently needed for water reticulation system and supply at Sikongo police and Immigration camps.
In Kalabo the PS inspected the dilapidated Seventh Day Adventist Mission Liumba Primary School built in 1928 and staff houses that were currently under government ownership .
SDA church representative Pastor Mabuku Mabuku requested for the rehabilitation, expansion and up-grading of the school to a boarding and the returning of ownership to the church.
In response Mr Mwamba thanked the SDA Church for the supplementary services offered to the people in the area over the years and assured that the government has not forgotten about the problems faced by the school.
Mr. Mwamba said the school should benefit from the constituency and district development for the rehabilitation works adding that it could be considered to be returned to the church in the future as was the case with Luampa and Mwandi Mission Schools under the Evangelical Church of Zambia and the United Church of Zambia respectively.
During his three days tour of Kalabo and Sikongo, Mr. Mwamba also officiated at the opening of Winela Urban Clinic in Kalabo township constructed at about KR 310 000 using constituency development funds and later inspected Kalabo Trades Training Institute currently under construction as well as the new Kalabo State Prison which is almost complete.