Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said street lights in cities play a vital role in enhancing security of residents and promotion of safety for road users.
Nankhumwa was speaking in Blantyre on March 22, 2017 during the Commissioning of the Masauko Chipembere Highway Street Lighting. The lights start from Larji Kudji in Blantyre up to Midima Roundabout in Limbe.
The project was funded to the tune of K450 million under a financing agreement between Blantyre City Council (BCC) and the Roads Fund Administration (RFA).
The RFA under the Road Safety Programme provided 90 percent of the project funds while BCC contributed 10 percent apart from administration and monitoring.
In his remarks, Mayor of Blantyre City Wild Ndipo made a passionate appeal to residents to protect the facilities that are being installed in the City from vandalism and theft.
“Let us change our mindset, our perception and our way of doing things otherwise this project will be in vain if we do not protect and guard against theft and vandalism,” said Ndipo.
RFA Board Chairperson, Bernadette Mandoloma, while pledging more funding of similar nature, cautioned all councils to ensure that works are of quality and completed on time.
Mandoloma said her institution had in the past financial year disbursed various amounts of money for street lighting and city road rehabilitation programme.
“We are keen to see the city councils carry out the projects with diligence and efficiency, we cannot afford to continuously relax when funds are readily available,” said Mandoloma.
The Roads Fund Fuel levy is collected by Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) from petroleum importing companies.
In a separate interview, MERA Board Chairperson Rt. Rev. Joseph Bvumbwe said, “prudent utilisation of levies and tangible projects manifest the importance of the levies contained in the fuel price build-up.’
Fuel levy is the main source of revenue for the RFA constituting more than 90 percent of the Roads Fund.