By BUUMBA CHIMBULU
ABOUT K1.04 billion has been projected to be collected from toll gates by end of this year, National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) Chief Executive Officer, Wallace Mumba, has said.
Eng. Mumba said the projected revenue was because of the additional four collection points expected to be commissioned by end of the year.
In terms of collections, he said, the authority had realised K336 million against a target of K322 million for the accounting period ended 30 June 2019.
He was speaking recently when the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) and the Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ) went for an appreciation tour of the NRFA Head Office in Lusaka and the Shimabala Toll Plaza in Kafue.
“As of Q2 2019, the Authority administered 31 Toll Collection points across the country with 21 in-land Toll Stations (17 Toll Plazas and 4 Weighbridges) and 9 Ports of Entry,” he said.
“The above-target performance was due to effective use of modern technology coupled with efficient application of world class management systems, policies and supervision best practices,” Eng. Mumba said.
He emphasised that though NRFA was meeting and exceeding performance targets, management consistently engaged stakeholders to exchange views and take advantage of available opportunities.
And EIZ president, Sydney Matamwandi, observed that need to transparently and prudently utilise that money collected by NRFA in priority areas.
Eng.Matamwandi reiterated that EIZ shared the position of the Ministry of Infrastructure that costs of projects, especially in the Road Sector, must go down to levels comparable to what was obtaining in other countries.
He, however, cautioned against arbitrarily describing every project as expensive.
“We would like to thank the NRFA for employing many Engineering Professionals in various departments, particularly females and prioritizing the recruiting of locals in areas where Toll Plazas are installed across the country,” he said.