GSED project has been hailed in Mangochi

Communities in Mangochi on Wednesday commended government for implementing Governance to Enable Service Delivery (GESD) project as it has provided infrastructures such as school blocks, health facilities and bridges.

This was expressed when a team from National Local Government Finance Committee and Mangochi District Council toured some of the projects being implemented under GESD in the first phase.

The NLGFC and Mangochi District Council team visited Sokole Under-five Clinic and a concrete bridge under construction at Dzewe, Mputa Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Nankumba and newly constructed Nkope Teacher Development Centre (TDC) in Nkope Educational Zone.

Newly constructed Nkope TDC Pic by Petro Mkandawire (Mana)

Sainati Milambo who comes from Group Village headman Sokole expressed happiness saying the under-five clinic would help in resolving challenges community members were facing citing poor child health care services that resulted into death of under-five children.

She said mothers were forced to travel long distances to Nankumba Health Centre seeking under- five clinic and other outreach services.

“Many of our children have been denied health services due to the long distance people have to travel to Nankumba Health Centre.

“Due to funds the only time we used to take children to the health center was when the condition was worse and this resulted into death of a number of children,” Milambo added. 

Sokole Under-five clinicat Traditional Authority Nankumba Pic by Petro Mkandawire (Mana)

Deputy Head Teacher for Nkope Primary School, Halford Mbinda said construction of the new TDC would improve educational services for Nkope Zone where most of teacher’s discussions were being held on a borrowed open shed as the Primary Education Advisor was operating from a small office.

“The coming of the TDC will help us execute our duties in a conducive environment and this will no longer bring inconvenience to learners,” he said, adding he was looking forward to seeing the PEA in his new office and teachers in their new resource centre once the facility was opened for use.

Mbinda commended Village and Area Development Committee for supervising the TDC construction project to its completion stage. 

Mangochi District Council, Director of Planning and Development (DPD), Newton Munthali attributed successful of the first phase of the GESD projects to good coordination between community leaders and the council.

“The council had nine projects under GESD and as we speak we have finished almost all projects except a 20 metre Dzewe concrete bridge that connects Nkhalango and Mputa villages,” he said. 

The Director added that the K43 Million Dzewe Bridge would assist learners from Nkhalango village who cross the bridge to attend classes at Kalowa Primary School at Mputa village.

Government has embarked on a five year GESD Project with financial assistance from the World Bank to strengthen local authorities’ institutional performance, responsiveness to citizens and management of resources for service delivery.