By ZBC Reporter
Government has stepped in to correct the tendering process for the provision of some raw materials that was stalling construction works in various roads of Matabeleland North province.
After a tour of the Bulawayo – Tsholotsho and the Bulawayo – Nkayi roads late last year by the Matabeleland North provincial Minister, Richard Moyo, it was revealed that works had stalled owing to unavailability of materials like quarry stone that was being supplied by companies in Harare despite the fact that they could be acquired from companies in the province.
“On the roads issue, I would like to thank Minister Matiza. After I came across the challenges I saw, I spoke to him and the President. They concurred that having quarry supplied from Harare was out of line so we have engaged Davis Granite starting today. Works will be in full swing in the coming two weeks with the laying of the granite,” said Minister Moyo.
Minister Moyo revealed that works were now set to resume this week with the Kwekwe – Lupane and the Victoria Falls roads also set to get a major facelift.
A yearly target of refurbishing 10 km had been set with 2019 failing to materialise in that regard.
However, Minister Moyo revealed that following the government’s intervention, the projects will be back on course to catch up with the set targets.
“Last year we were supposed to do 10km with the same done this year. So we failed to meet last year’s target because we were waiting for the quarry. So they need to complete last year’s works then start the 10km for this year so that we meet our 20kms target,” highlighted Minister Moyo.
The development of roads is set to go a long way in improving the economic prospects in the province especially with numerous potential from its vast natural resources.
By ZBC Reporter