By Maston Kaiya – Mana.
Ntcheu District Council on Friday approved a K74 billion five year District Development Plan (DDP) to be implemented from 2017/22.
The Plan replaces a previous DDP and expired in 2012.
Ntcheu District Commissioner, Francis Matewere commended members of the District Council for approving the document.
“I commend members of the Council for approving the DDP which is a roadmap for the district. The total investment budget is K74 billon,” he said.
Matewere highlighted that for the plan to be fully realised, there was need to work together with relevant stakeholders in the district.
“The plan is a living document and we are going to market it to various organisations in the district so that we implement the projects,” he added.
The DDP has been prepared to cover all areas of priority such as education, agriculture and food security, environment and health among others.
Education is pegged at approximately K6 billion while Water is at K5 billion, Health is at K4 billion and Agriculture at K3 billion respectively.
Chairperson for Development Committee, Councillor Stella Mpaso said the plan reflects the need of communities in the district.
“We needed this plan and am optimistic that if fully implemented, community livelihoods will improve,” she observed.
Paramount Chief Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani V urged all development partners to work together to achieve meaningful development.
“The approval of the plan is very wonderful development, this means we have accepted all the projects outlined in the plan, Ntcheu is ours let’s work together,” he commented.
Gomani V has appealed to all partners to put their political affiliation aside and focus on developing the district.