Monze DC grateful to road project
Monze, July 17, ZANIS —Monze District Commissioner Lucia Mwiinde says the upgrading of Monze- Niko road to bituminous standard is of economic significance to the district as it will bring up meaningful developmental activities that will help improve people’s livelihoods.
Mrs Mwiinde has commended government for considering 74 km of Monze- Niko road among other roads earmarked for upgrading from gravel to bituminous standard under the link Zambia 8000km project.
She said that this development had brought a lot of excitement to the people of Monze district who could not wait to see the contractor on site.
The District Commissioner was speaking in an interview during a survey conducted by ZANIS in Monze on the views of the general public over the forthcoming upgrading of the Monze -Niko road to bituminous standard.
Mrs Mwiinde added that another 15km of the roads in the townships will be worked on which will help improve the road network system in the district.
She said that the Monze – Niko road will provide easy access to the Lochnvar National Park which has a lot of tourism potential.
She also said that with farming being the major economic activity in Monze district, the upgrading of the Monze – Niko road will boost farming in the surrounding areas as farmers will be able to easily transport their produce to strategic marketing places.
And one of the road users Simon Phiri who is a Senior Research Officer for the Department of Fisheries at Mansangu research station said the Monze – Niko road was very important as it acted as a gateway to the Kafue flats which is a fishery of exceptional production.
Mr Phiri said that upgrading of the road will also cushion the challenges faced by motorists of maintaining their vehicles by reducing costs of tear and wear.
Meanwhile John Moonga, a farmer from the surrounding areas along the Monze – Niko road has appealed to government to quicken the process of engaging the contractor so that work could be seen on the site.
Mr Moonga said that the upgrading of the road will also benefit the local community in job creation as some will be engaged as casual workers.
He said that people were looking forward to seeing the contractor on site and were very happy with the government for considering the 74km of the Monze – Niko road on the link Zambia 8000km.
Mr Moonga said as a farmer he was overwhelmed by this development because it will help curb the difficulties of transporting his produce for marketing to the central business town in Monze.
And Monze District Agriculture Coordinator, Justine Ngosa said that the development will make it much easier for implementation of certain agricultural projects and programs such as the Farmer Input Support Program (FISP).
Mr Ngosa said that the road has been in a deplorable state and was making it difficult for transporters engaged by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to transport the inputs to centers of collection by farmers.
He said that this will help improve and make delivery of inputs to farmers under FISP effectively and efficiently.