BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
GOVERNMENT is impressed with the progress on the construction of the 106 kilometre Mwinilunga-Jimbe road in North-Western Province.
Freca Mining and Construction Company, a local contractor, is working on the project estimated to cost US$106 million under a public private partnership (PPP) deal.
Ikelengâ€™e district commissioner Victor Kayekesi said in an interview yesterday the contractor had completed the bush clearing and would soon start grading and putting gravel on the road.
â€œI am happy to report that the contractor working on the Mwinilunga-Jimbe road so far in terms of bush clearing they have reached Jimbe border which is an achievement,â€ Mr Kayekesi said.
He said the accelerated works on the project had helped reduce the travel time between Mwinilunga and Ikelengâ€™e districts.
â€œPreviously, we used to spend six hours driving from Mwinilunga to Ikelengâ€™e but now you are talking of 45 minutes you are already in Ikelengâ€™e,â€ Mr Kayekesi said.
He said the road once completed would open up Ikelengâ€™e to investment and create jobs for the local people.
â€œAlready, we have a pineapple factory that was opened meaning there will be a lot of market for pineapples and more industries will come meaning we have created jobs for the people of Ikelengâ€™e,â€ he said.
Mr Kayekesi said he was happy with the workmanship on the project.
He said the construction of the Mwinilunga-Jimbe road had not only created job opportunities for the local people but also boosted business in the area as demand for accommodation and food stuffs had risen.