Central Province Minister Hon Sydney Mushanga says the improved rural connectivity project will not only improve the rural road network but will also help the province attract more investment.
And Minister Mushanga says the connectivity project will also improve access to water, energy, land, health, education and other services on account of improved accessibility to the targeted rural communities.
Hon Mushanga explained that Mkushi, Mumbwa, Chibombo and Chisamba districts in his province are part of Zambia’s Agricultural Hubs that are critical in facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing and marketing of agricultural produce locally and internationally.
“These districts are among the key districts that contribute to the country’s agenda of agricultural diversification and food security through production of crops such as Wheat, Cassava, Tobacco, Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Sorghum, Finger Millet and Tomatoes.”
The Minister was speaking during the launch of the improved rural connectivity project by His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at Fiwila Mission Grounds in Mkushi district yesterday.
The US$200 million World Bank funded project is earmarked to improve the feeder road network in Central, Eastern, Luapula, Muchinga, Northern and Southern Provinces.
Meanwhile, Mkushi North member of Parliament Hon Doreen Mwape has expressed gratitude to the Patriotic Front government for delivering massive development in her constituency within record time.
Hon Mwape said it is during the PF administration that Mkushi can boast of a well equipped General Hospital, 6 Health Posts and the ongoing construction of up to 93 Housing Units for the uniformed officers.
“Your Excellency, our people have come in numbers to receive you because of the massive development they have witnessed under your administration. The number of Social Cash Transfer beneficiaries has been scaled up in Mkushi, network Towers are being constructed in 14 Wards and the ongoing construction of township roads have elated us. Our people are equally overjoyed with the reduction of school fees by your government Your Excellency.”
The Project launch was attended by several senior party and government officials including PF Chairperson for Central Province MCC. Hon. Remember Chanda Mutale, Minister for National Development Planning Hon Alexander Chiteme, Minister of Transport and Communications Hon. Dr. Brian Mushimba, Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Hon Ronald Chitotela and Minister for Eastern Province Hon Makebi Zulu.
Others were UPND member of Parliament for Kapiri Mposhi Hon Stanley Kakubo, UPND Mumbwa Constituency lawmaker Hon Credo Nanjuwa and MMD Muchinga member of Parliament Hon Howard Kunda.
And on hand to receive the President were their Royal Highnesses, Senior Chief Mboroma, Chief Kanyesha, Chief Mbosha, Chief Chembe, Chief Mulungwe, Chief Shaibila, Chief Chitina, Chief Chikupili and Chief Mukonchi.
It is worth noting that Central Province has a land area of 110,450 square Kilometres and is the third largest province in the country after Western and North Western Provinces.