Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure Ralph Jooma has said construction of bridges in communities can spur the country’s development and improve people’s lives.
The minister made the remarks on Saturday in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mbidza in Zomba District when he inaugurated construction of Mtchilamiro Bridge.
Jooma said a good road network enables people to access essential services.
He also said farmers are able to transport their produce to markets.
“We believe that a good road network is essential for the country’s development. This is because mobility is easy, which enables people to engage in various businesses,” he said.
Jooma described Mtchilamiro Bridge as a relief to people of Zaone and Nasawa in Thondwe who could not cross the river during rainy season.
“Once the bridge is completed, we expect people from surrounding areas to start accessing services such as hospitals, Admarc [Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation] and schools,” he said.
Construction works are expected to finish within 90 days. The project is funded from fuel level to the tune of K36 million.
Zomba Thondwe legislator Rosemey Gadama commended government for approving construction of the bridge which she said was a concern of people in the area for the past 20 years.
She said the bridge will enhance mobility of people in accessing various amenities and improve businesses.
On his part, group village head Mtchilamiro commended the project, saying most people in the area rely on farming and business for their livelihoods.
“Besides, children could not go to school for some days during the rainy season,” he said.