Republican President Rupiah Banda this morning officially opened the fifth session of the tenth National Assembly outlining his government’s programme for 2011, including an ambitious road construction and rehabilitation programme.
This is the second time President Banda graced the ceremonial opening of the National Assembly after coming assuming office in 2008.
Outlining his government’s programme for the coming year, president Banda said government would this year embark on the construction of the Mongu/Kalabo road among many other major road projects to be undertaken.
Mr Banda said good transport and communications are vital for commerce, and that his government would, construct, rehabiliat, and repair the country’s physical infrastructure.
He said in view of the high cost of these developments,public/private partnerships will be key in achieving the developmental plans.
President Banda revealed that progress has been made in designing the Kazungula Bridge across the Zambezi river, and that construction is expected to commence by the end of 2011.
He said the Kazungula Bridge would make regional trade with other countries in the southern part easier.
President Banda also mentioned the many road projects which his government is working on which he said are expected to be completed in 2011.
And President Banda has announced that government has procured nine mobile hospitals.
Mr Banda said government is committed to provide the Zambians with equity of access to cost-effective quality health care as close to the family as possible.
He said it is for this reason that his government is constructing district hospitals across the country and commission of these hospitals has since begun.
President Banda pointed out that in addition to the construction of health posts government procured nine mobile hospitals to increase access to health services in rural areas.
He said his goal is a health nation in which no one dies unnecessarily.
[ QFM ]