THE Government has released k43 million for immediate construction of crossing points and road improvement works in selected districts ahead of the onset of the rain.
The money released through the ministry of local Government and Rural Development is under the Rural Infrastructure Development component of the 2022 ministry budget.
The ministry said in a statement yesterday that the funding was earmarked to support the various districts to immediately embark on the construction and rehabilitation works of identified projects before the onset of the rains.
Permanent Secretary (Administration) Maambo Haamaundu announced that Chama district had received K8 million as part payment from the requested total amount of K8, 645,691.12 for the construction and rehabilitation of selected crossing points.
Mr. Haamaundu (below) said K7 million had been disbursed to Kasenengwa, as part payment of K11, 474, 738.12 which was requested to facilitate for the construction of three critical crossing points and five other identified points in the district.
Mongu received K8 million, while Vubwi received M3 million, which was a part payment towards the total requested amount of K3, 638, 142.00
He said that of the total requested amount of M6, 850, 000.00 for Gwembe district, a total of k5 million-part payment, has been disbursed for the rehabilitation of damaged bridges and culverts on the Tobe-Sompani and Hanyombo-Bunnyente roads.
Mr. Haamaundu said for Chadiza K3 million was disbursed as part payment from the requested total amount of K3,436,854.96 for the construction of three critical crossing points in the while Mulobezi received K3 million out of the requested amount of K3, 053, 300.00 to facilitate for the rehabilitation of 10 kilometres of selected township Roads.
He said K3 million was disbursed for Katete as part payment from the total amount of K3, 173, 547.64, requested for the construction of three critical crossing points.
In Mambwe district, K3 million was disturbed for the construction of three critical crossing points from the requested total amount K3, 968, 023.60.
He said the Ministry further disbursed K4, 248, 994.40 to Ndola City Council (NCC) for the rehabilitation of Kapalala Market in Masala township after a fire which occurred on August 16, 2022.
The permanent secretary also advised all local authorities to utilize the funds for the intended purpose in order to achieve meaningful development and that they should submit progress reports and financial returns once funds are utilised.
This is according to a statement by Ministry of Local Government public relations officer Veronica Katongo