Salima District Council has proposed ‘Adopt-A-Pole’ project to improve security and safety of residents and tourists in the district.
Salima district commissioner (DC) Rodney Simwaka said through the project called Adopt-A-Pole, the council will be engaging community members, organisations and private businesses to help procure poles to erect street lights.
He said it was unfortunate that the township has been operating without street lights when it is one of the most reliable tourist destinations in the country.
“We have a lot of successful community organisations, private business and individuals who can ably help the council increase and improve levels of security and safety for life and property. We believe they will come forward to support this initiative,” Simwaka said.
He said to participate in the project, interested organisations, private business and individuals will offer to buy a pole or two and help the council install it.
Simwaka further said interested and capable organisations, private business and individuals will also be given freedom to look after the adopted poles.
“I have done the paperwork. I will be formally presenting this proposal to the councillors at our next full [council] meeting for it to be adopted,” the DC said.
Salima District Council chairperson Richard Nthala said councillors support the project proposal as it will play a critical role in developing the township.
“This is a very important project, which, we the people of Salima and all businesspersons plying their trade in the township need to support and participate in. Apart from boosting security, it will change the outlook of the township, thereby attracting more tourists to the district,” he said. n