SENIOR Chief Puta of Bwile people of Luapula Province says he is indebted to Governmnet for working on roads in his chiefdom.
He said the construction of the road would help unlock the investment opportunities in the area.
In an interview yesterday, the traditional leader said it was gratifying that Governmnet had heeded his call to improve the road network in the area by engaging contractors to work on the Chiengi-Kaputa and the Chiengi-Lunda roads.
He noted that since a good road network was a recipe for economic development, his chiefdom would receive a fair share of development once the two projects were completed as more investors will take advantage of an improved road system to establish their businesses in the area.
Senior Chief Puta said opening up the area through improved road infrastructure would add value to the district unlike the current state of affairs where potential investors were shunning the area from establishing their businesses.
“I would like to thank Governmnet most sincerely for listening to my call for the need to work on our roads which have been in a deplorable state for a long time; improve the accessibility in the district by improving the delivery of goods and services and open up the area to development.
“As Iam speaking, the Chinese contractors that have been engaged are already on site with their compactors, graders and caterpillars and works have already commenced and our hope is that these works will be concluded within schedule so that we can start using them as soon as possible and I will ensure that I monitor these road works-I will do the supervision myself. With an improved road sector, I have no doubt that development will be spread to other areas which investors shunned,” senior Chief Puta said.
He said his chiefdom had the potential to become a hive of activities one the roads were built because of its abundant natural resources.
“We have plenty of investment opportunities here, we have water where people can do fish farming, ranching and other agricultural activities and apart from that, we have minerals such as copper which makes this area an economic hub and opening up the district will enhance productivity in a number of sectors.
“There are a lot of business houses that are eyeing the area especially in tourism and it is our hope that once the roads are done, we shall see a lot of investments in areas where such investments opportunities are and this is what we are looking forward to. For this, I would like to thank this Governmnet under President Edgar Lungu for the commendable job it has done to listen to our cry,” he said.