HOPE NYOKA, Chipata
THE construction of a modern police station and staff houses for men and women in uniform in Chadiza district in Eastern Province at a cost of over K17 million is expected to be completed this month.
Chadiza district commissioner George Phiri said in an interview recently that Government is committed to the provision of decent office space and accommodation for police officers across the country.
Mr Phiri said works on the project include two medium-cost houses and eight low-cost houses at a cost K17, 643, 733, 40.
“The roofing and other basic works have already been done and the contractor is working at completing the construction works of the houses,” he said.
He said the works were scheduled to be completed last month but the contractor was delayed by Government’s late disbursement of the fund.
Mr Phiri said police officers are currently operating under one roof and that once completed,they will have enough office space to effectively execute their duties.
Mr Phiri also said the construction of one-stop-border Chanida Border at over K14. 3 million is expected to be handed over to Government in October this year.
He said the facility will foster economic development in the province and boost revenue collection for the country once fully operational.
He said the construction of such facilities enhances trade and regional integration with other countries and in turn spur job creation and economic development.
Meanwhile, Mr Phiri appealed to the National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) to consider putting up a toll plaza along Great East to raise the much needed funds for the completion of road projects such as Chipata –Chadiza road.