OPPOSITION MMD Sinda Member of Parliament Levy Ngoma has said a poor road network cannot foster development in any part of the country.
Speaking in an interview after witnessing the handover of two graders to the Rural Roads Unit (RRU) at Sekwete Village ground in Chieftainess Nyanje's area in Sinda, Mr Ngoma said he was delighted that the Government had embarked on road rehabilitation in the newly created Sinda District.
He said he would look forward to a time when the Government would buy more equipment such as an earth-moving machine to reduce the burden the people of Sinda were facing due to poor roads.
Mr Ngoma said Government's intention to rehabilitate the road network in the district meant that Sinda was benefitting from the recently launched 'Link-Zambia 8000' by President Michael Sata.
"I am very thankful to the Government for embarking on the road rehabilitation and I know this is a good development to the newly-created Sinda District as it will start getting benefits from the Link-Zambia 8000 road network project which was recently launched by President Sata," he said.
Mr Ngoma said most of the roads in the area were in a poor state and needed urgent attention.
He said the road rehabilitation exercise would ease connectivity from one place to another, especially in Sinda District.
He also appealed to the Government to quickly pay farmers who had not yet received their dues for the maize supplied to the Food Reserve Agency and also ensure quick distribution of farming inputs.
And outgoing Eastern Province Minister Charles Banda said the Government would continue to respond to challenges being faced by key Government departments in order to provide quality service delivery to its people.
Speaking during the handover, Mr Banda, who is now Muchinga Province Minister, said the Government was in a hurry to deliver on its campaign promises to Zambians.
He said it was for this reason that the Government would not hesitate to resolve the challenges facing the Government departments such as the RRU.
Government, he said, had placed infrastructure development in general and roads in particular as its number one priority in its quest to accelerate rural socio-economic development.
Mr Banda said the procurement of the two graders at a cost of K3 billion for kick-starting the rehabilitation of the roads in the province was only the beginning.
He said so far, the RRU was expected to work on 19 rural roads in the province.
The ceremony was attended by Chieftainess Nyanje, Chief Kathumba, Chief Mbang'ombe, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba and his counterpart for Northern Province Hlobotha Nkunika.