Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works Nancy Chaola Mdooko has said good roads have the potential to spur development in rural areas.
The Deputy Minister, who is also Ntcheu Bwanje North legislator, said this on Friday when she launched a road upgrading project at Sharpevale in Ntcheu.
The project will start with a 32-kilometre Sharpevale stretch to Binale Road.
“A good road network is important for social economic growth. With good roads, people will be able to transport their farm produce to markets,” she said.
Mdooko advised traditional leaders in the area to ensure there is cooperation between community members and the contractor for smooth implementation of the project.
On his part, Ntcheu district commissioner Francis Matewere said the district faces various challenges, including lack of roads.
“We do not want to hear about vandalism of equipment; we do not want to hear about machine operators conniving with community members to steal diesel or contractors breaking other people’s marriages,” he said.
Wasi Construction Company is the contractor for the project.