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Government sets aside K5.6bn for road projects

THE Mansa-Chipili-Luwingu road. PICTURE: CHARLES CHISALA

HONE SIAME, Kitwe
GOVERNMENT has set aside K5.6 billion to speed up implementation of road infrastructure programmes under the Link Zambia 8000, Pave Zambia 2000, Road Tolling and Lusaka 400 projects.
The funding is part of the K12.7 billion that Government has allocated to different sectors of the economy aimed at accelerating the country’s economic growth and improvement of the well-being of citizens across the country.
This is contained in a Ministry of Finance “Citizens’ Budget” latest report on major government programmes which was released to the Daily Mail in Kitwe.
The report says Government wants to complete all major road projects within the stipulated period to open up rural parts of the country for both local and foreign investment.
“Government will continue implementing the road infrastructure programme under the Link Zambia 8000, Pave Zambia 2000, Road Tolling and the Lusaka 400 projects.
“Government has set aside K5.6 billion in order to speed up these projects and open up rural parts of Zambia as well as create more employment opportunities, especially for the youths,” the report reads in part.
An additional K4.1 billion is earmarked for the construction and rehabilitation of agricultural infrastructure in all the 10 provinces.
Under this programme, Southern Province has received a share of K13. 7 million, Luapula K10.2 million, Lusaka K9.3 million, Copperbelt K8.7 million, Eastern K8.6 million, North-Western K8.4 million,  Western K7 million, Central 6.5 million, Northern K6 million, while Muchinga has been allocated K5.5 million.
Meanwhile, Government has provided K34 million for turning basic schools into secondary schools in various districts, and over K780 million for the continued construction of schools countrywide.

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