Sikongo earmarked for development

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Sikongo earmarked for development

Kalabo, June 11, 2013, ZANIS ——– A senior government official in the western province has assured the people of the newly created Sikongo district that necessary development will be taken to the area.

Western province permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba said Sikongo will be developed through the implementation of various programmes in the area.

Mr Mwamba disclosed this at the civic centre when he addressed residents of Sikongo at the weekend during his tour of duty of the district.

Mr. Mwamba said that government would soon send surveyors to Sikongo and other newly created districts to establish where civic centres and the initial ten houses were going to be built.

He said Cabinet had already approved the employment of 78 key officers in the newly created districts.

Mr. Mwamba said that with the recent construction of a 66 Kilo volts line from Kalabo to Sikongo, there was urgent need to have the line activated and stepped down so that the residents of Sikongo and along the stretch were connected to the national grid.

He assured the people of Sikongo and those living along the stretch where the power line passes that he would follow-up the matter with the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) and the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) .

The Permanent Secretary also said that the Zambia Information Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has identified some areas of Western Province among them Sikongo district that needed to be connected to mobile phone networks by August this year.

Meanwhile, Chief Namakaya of Kandambo one area in Sikongo district Nelson Lubinda appealed to government to consider recognizing and gazzetting more chief in the Western Province.

And a Sikongo senior citizen Ndelwa Nyambe the people in the area were happy with the creation  of Sikongo a district .

Mr. Susiku appealed to government to quickly utilize the land he give government to build a boma in 1984 by constructing infrastructure such as houses and offices.