PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has with immediate effect moved the Rural Road Unit (RRU) from the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication to the Zambia National Service (ZNS) expedite the road infrastructure development in rural areas and to give chance to the rural population to effectively participate in the country’s economic development agenda.
President Lungu said Government had identified ZNS as a useful and dependable vehicle to assist the nation achieve the goal of opening up the rural parts of the country.
Speaking yesterday when he commissioned the US$62.4 million (K400 million) heavy duty earth moving equipment at the ZNS Chamba Valley premises, the Head of State said road infrastructure development using the service would not only be cost effective but would help Government complete its numerous projects across the country in record time.
The President said he had decided to detach the RRU from the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the service to timely deliver road infrastructure to the people.
The Head of State stated that undestood Government that the hardships of the the rural population could only be alleviated if they had easy access to markets, health and education facilities.
President Lungu said Government could not afford to continue paying a blind eye to the role the rural citizens were playing in the development of the country stating that the rural population was rendering significant contribution to the ecomic expansion of the country.
He said the rural population had remained the fulcrum of the growth of the agriculture sector under which most of the country’s grain and other foods were grown albeit under difficult circumstances and conditions.
“My Government will continue to work for the common benefit of the people that put us in these positions. My Government has taken keen interest in ensuring that accessibility to rural Zambia is enhanced to afford our people a chance to participate and contribute to the economic developmental agenda of this country. Government has identified the Zambia National Service to be a useful and dependable vehicle to assist the nation in achieving the goal of opening up the rural parts of the country,” President Lungu said.
And Avic International president Wei Xuan Lai said economic infrastructure development was key to the general economic development of the country.
Wei commended President Lungu for having special space for the young generation in his vision of developing the country stating that youth skills development and empowerment were the sure way to sustainable development.
Mr Wei said Avic was supporting young enterprenuere and that Avic was currently undertaking the training of young Zambians who would be employed to maintain the equipment that has been acquired for ZNS.