A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a first ever drug rehabilitation centre in Bulawayo and a registrar general’s office in Cowdray Park has been held.

Cowdray Park is the fastest growing suburb in Bulawayo, and with over 25 thousand residents, the high density area is experiencing a rising demand for services.

Officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony for a drug rehabilitation centre and immigration building in the suburb, Vice President Kembo Mohadi said this is government’s response to taking community needs to the people through decentralising service provision.

“Government is committed to community based approaches to problem solving. This place will house registrar general offices and a drug and illicit substances rehabilitation centre. We believe those services must come to where the people are,” said Cde Mohadi.

Registrar General Mr Clemence Masango said the office will initially give births and deaths certificates will be upgraded to a passport provision centre in future.

“This is the fastest growing residential area in Bulawayo which we hope to develop into a fully fledged office. Bringing the services to where the people are is important,” said Mr Masango

Bulawayo Mayor Councillor Solomon Mguni reiterated the commitment by both government and the city to continue developing areas that are yet to have fully fledged basic services such as Cowdray Park.

“This is a milestone in ensuring development in the city of Bulawayo. The people will now be able to get services nearer them and we consider this important,” said Councillor Mguni.

The offices to be constructed in Cowdray Park are expected to deal with demand for official documents.

The drug rehabilitation centre also comes in handy at a time when the rate of illicit substance abuse continues to rise in Bulawayo.