The emergency roads rehabilitation programme which was being undertaken to assess the progress in roads infrastructure repairs has ended in Matabeleland North Province with the national project steering committee expressing satisfaction with the progress made so far.

The three day tour to assess the progress with the roads rehabilitation programme revealed the projects that have been undertaken in five of the seven districts in Matabeleland North Province.

The rural district councils in Lupane, Hwange, Tsholotsho and Binga are at various levels although some lagging behind due to heavy rains which delayed the commencement of the projects.

Acting director responsible for roads department, Engineer Goodwell Mapako said there is progress with some local authorities that are already undertaking phase two but expressed concern that some projects are lagging behind due to shortage of equipment in the province.

“Some roads authorities yes they do have some roads that they want to work on but unfortunately in this province there is not enough equipment to cater for the works that they want to embark on,” he said.

The tour included an assessment of roads at Lupane district centre, Mabale, Dete and Binga centre where council engineers provided the committee with the information on what has been done so far as well as the challenges they are facing.

The emergency roads rehabilitation programme is an output based project in which the contractors are paid their money in full after completing the work allocated to them in terms of the agreements with the government.