President of the Republic of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Muthalika says his government will make sure that the Neno- Tsangano road is constructed the soonest to change the face of Neno district as it is crucial to the development of the district.
The president said this on Thursday when he officially opened the Neno rural growth centre where a stadium, bus depot, library and a modern hospital was constructed.
He said the road was among priority projects of his government and that talks were already underway with the Chinese government to fund the project.
Mutharika said the district had received very little development since independence and he wants to change the story by bringing more development projects to the district.
“As DPP government, we decided to bring a Rural Growth Centre in order to bring infrastructure to Neno. I want rural areas to become engines of economic growth, my predecessors brought us democracy brought power to the people now I want us to take development to the people.
“And let me make this promise, we are not yet done with Neno. Neno is still work in progress because development is a long process,” Mutharika said.
The Malawi leader said development could only be achieved if rural areas were not marginalized because you talk of development of a country when development is spread out and that the Integrated Rural Development was one way of achieving the goals.
Minister of Local government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa said Integrated Rural Development would reduce urban migration as people will find most things they find in town in their locality.
“This is a clear strategy by the government to curb the problem of urbanization because at the rate we are going, we will not be able to handle the situation as currently we are at five or so percent.
“People should be able to get employment and business opportunities in their rural settings,” Nankhumwa said.
Neno was declared a district in 2002 breaking away from Mwanza but with a few structures befitting a district headquarters.
In addition to the infrastructure, the district has also seen piped water being connected as well as the coming in of power through the project.
Other rural growth centers in the country include Nthalire in Chitipa, Jenda in Mzimba, Malomo in Ntchisi in completed state while those in progress include Nambuma in Dowa, Monkey bay in Mangochi, Chapananga in Chikwawa, Mkanda in Mchinji and Chitekesa in Phalombe.
Source: Malawi News Agency