Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It's govt's obligation to improve infrastructure - Mubukwanu
By David Chongo in Mongu
Thu 06 June 2013, 14:01 CAT

GOVERNMENT says it has a solemn obligation to improve the state of infrastructure in the country after years of deterioration and neglect.

Speaking when he flagged off the KR173 million construction and rehabilitation of 10 kilometres of Mongu roads to bituminous standards on Tuesday, Mongu Central member of parliament Nathaniel Mubukwanu said roads were key to the development of the country.

He said the government would not accept shoddy works considering the huge cost of infrastructure development.

"We need to break away from the practice and culture of shoddy works. The roads should serve the people of Mongu for many years to come. Government cannot afford to repeat maintenance works that are a result of poor workmanship as it is costly. So you better do and get it right so that we get the value for the money you are being paid," said Mubukwanu, who is also North Western provincial minister.

Barotse Royal Establishment representative Induna Inete, who was flanked by Induna Imuwana, urged the government to closely supervise the project and called on CGC not to sideline local youths when recruiting for the project.

China Geo Corporation (CGC) deputy project manager Li Tao promised to deliver a quality road in a year and that it would satisfy users.
According to Li, the road construction firm was expected to create 200 jobs.

And Avic Chief Engineer, Chen Feng, told Mubukwanu earlier that the company , which is constructing bridges on the 67-kilometre stretch to Kalabo across the plain from Mongu, would also employ up to 400 people between July and August.

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