CHAMBO NG’UNI, Chisamba
CENTRAL Province Minister Sydney Mushanga is confident that construction of the US$28 million Mwomboshi Irrigation Dam in Chisamba by Sogecoa Zambia Limited will be completed within the agreed time frame.
On March 1 last year, President Lungu launched the project and stated that construction of the dam was in line with his commitment to diversifying the agriculture sector.
Mr Mushanga, who visited the construction site on Saturday, said he is happy that officials from Sogecoa Zambia Limited have assured him that they will complete the project before the agreed time frame.
“The project implementation period is 30 months but the contractor has said it will be finished before 30 months,” he said.
Mr Mushanga said in an interview on Saturday that Mwomboshi Irrigation Dam will be important in promoting irrigation agriculture and contribute to Government’s efforts to diversify the country’s copper-dependent economy.
He said Government is confident that Sogecoa will do a good job on the project because it has a good track record.
“This is a very important irrigation project and this is why President Lungu himself officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony last year,” Mr Mushanga said.
He said the firm, which is working with A and Z Consulting Engineers, has already mobilised and a campsite has been established at the construction site.
He said 70 local people have so far been employed and the number will rise to over 200 as construction works gain momentum.
Mr Mushanga urged Sogecoa Zambia Limited to ensure that it honours its assurance of undertaking the project within 30 months.
“Government attaches importance to agriculture, and we want the contractor to do the right thing,” he said.
Mr Mushanga also said the infrastructure the company has built as its campsite is of quality standard.
He said when the project is completed, Government will explore ways of converting the infrastructure at the campsite into a school or health centre