President Lungu Flags Off the 12 Months /260 Kilometres Mporokoso -Nsama -Kaputa Road Project
….demands the 20% subcontracting for Zambian citizen owned companies.
GOVERNMENT seeks to empower the Zambian owned Contractors hence our policy that a minimum of 20 percent of all government-funded road or infrastructure Contracts be executed by Zambian citizen owned companies says President Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
Speaking when he officiated at the ground breaking ceremony of the Mporokoso -Nsama -Kaputa Road Project in Nsama District of Northern Province on Sunday , President Lungu said engaging local small and medium scale Contractors as sub-contractors on the project is the way of ensuring job creation for Zambians.
“I wish to remind the Honourable Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development and indeed all Ministers and government officials at large to ensure this policy directive is strictly enforced and adhered to by all Foreign Contractors working on government projects,” said the President.
Meanwhile, President Lungu says the Mporokoso -Nsama – Kaputa Road via Mutundu Gate and to Nsumbu is an important economic route linking the Province to Nsumbu National Park, Kasaba Bay and other important sites on the Northern Tourism Circuit.
“The importance of this link has prompted my government to engage a Contractor to rehabilitate a stretch of 260 Kilometres of Mporokoso -Nsama – Kaputa Road via Mutundu Gate and to Nsumbu. The Project is expected to be completed within a period of 12 months,” said the Head of State.
And President Lungu says once rehabilitated, the road will be a catalyst for agricultural growth in the province as inputs will easily be transported to the farmers while agriculture produce will easily be ferried to the markets.
The Head of State says the rehabilitation of the Mporokoso -Nsama – Kaputa Road will also drastically reduce the cost of doing business as travel time will be lessened.