Extend mobile NRC exercise – Chief Mibenge

CHIEF Mibenge of the Ushi people of Mansa has appealed to Government to extend the period for the mobile national registration card (NRC) issuance exercise to quench the unmet demand in Luapula Province.
Speaking at his palace when Road Development Agency (RDA) officials paid a courtesy call on him, Chief Mibenge said the exercise was found convenient by unregistered citizens and many of them benefited.
At the close of phase three of the exercise, there was still unmet demand for NRCs from many because the people in the district have challenges in accessing the boma to obtain the national identity cards.
Chief Mibenge commended President Lungu for the initiative, saying the exercise reached out to many people who did not have NRCs in his chiefdom.
“We are grateful to President Lungu for the leadership exhibited in ensuring that Zambians get NRCs, very important documents that all of us should have,” he said.
The traditional leader also commended Government for the massive road development projects taking place in Mansa and other districts in Luapula Province.
He said major roads have been worked on and this is facilitating the movement of people and goods.
The traditional leader urged RDA to ensure that works on the Samfya-Kasaba road are completed as soon as possible because the project has dragged for a long time.
He thanked Government for constructing Mibenge Secondary School, which has given school dropouts a second chance to get educated. The chief, however, said there is need for Government to construct a road in the area to facilitate smooth movement of schoolchildren.
RDA senior public relations manager Loyce Saili said the upgrading of the 113km Samfya-Kasaba road is expected to be completed in January 2018.
Mrs Saili said the challenges that delayed the construction of the road, such as late payment to the contractor, have been addressed. Once completed, the road will link Samfya and Luwingu districts.
And BSBK country head Pratyush Swain said the company is putting things in place before major works start after the rainy season.
“We have 19 Indian experts around; 35 engineers, and we will be employing over 400 local staff for the project,” Mr Swain said.
BSBK has engaged Pine Roads as per government policy of having 20 percent of the total contract sum sub-contracted to local contractors.
Mrs Saili encouraged local contractors to take time to learn from big road construction firms so that they can graduate to handling big contracts in future.
“We have had challenges with some local contractors since the [sub-contracting] policy was put in place because some contractors have failed to deliver good quality works,” she said.

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