Burundi president Evariste Ndayishimiye on Tuesday July, 12th launched a Zero Pothole campaign in Bujumbura in efforts to repair the public roads that have been damaged in the country.
While launching the campaign, president Ndayishimiye called on the local administrators to keep a close eye on the public infrastructure usage as it is a major player for the development of the country.
“I urge administrators, each and every one, to stay on guard so that whenever the pothole is formed, fix it before it produces serious problems. It has been observed a month after seeing cracks, the potholes goes deeper in size and shape. Keep an eye on every indicator,” said President Evariste Ndayishimiye while launching the campaign in Musaga a suburb in Bujumbura.
Burundi Road Agency (ARB) assured that all instruments needed to fix potholes are available and informed that more than 10 national roads will be fixed in Bujumbura and 3 in the countryside.
“The first phase of this campaign will cost over 2.4 billion BIF over the surface of 52,000 m². Eleven roads in the town and 3 others in rural areas will be rehabilitated,” said Régis Mpawenayo, Director General of ABR.
“The necessary equipment already available to facilitate the asphalting and plugging of potholes in the most damaged roads,” saud the ABR Director General.
It should be recalled that the current program adheres to Gitega’s concerns in the 2021-2022 Burundi annual budget made available a sum of 28 billion BIF to ensure sustainable finances and maintenance of alarming road network.