NORTH-WESTERN Province permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo has given a 48- hour ultimatum to the Solwezi Municipal Council and the Road Development Agency to work on the bad patches on the road leading to the airport.
Mr Mateyo said the road is an important route as it is a gateway into the province and Solwezi district in particular for VIPs.
The provincial permanent secretary said time to play is over and people should not wait for a situation to reach such a level and attract everybody’s attention while the people who are employed to carry out such works are sitted and waiting for their salaries and allowances.
‘’Why should we wait for a situation to reach such a level when people responsible for such works are there. What is their relevance if they cannot work according to what Government employed them for? he wondered. He said he will not tolerate laziness in the province but that he expects officers tasked to carry out various Government functions to do so without fail.
‘’I am not ready to receive excuses. Am not interested in excuses, I want the job done, and I expect people to do their job or else they will find their way out,’’ he said. And Mr Mateyo has assured motorists that Government is doing everything possible to ensure that the state of the road at St Dorothy along the Solwezi Chingola road is improved.
He said measures have been put in place by the provincial administration to try and improve the situation.
‘’I am aware of the crisis at St Dorothy, but let me also take this opportunity to assure motorists that the provincial administration in collaboration with the mines are working tirelessly to arrest the situation at St Dorothy,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mateyo has thanked President Edgar Lungu for appointing him North-Western permanent secretary.