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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday urged residents of the town of Monapo, in the northern province of Nampula, to adopt the culture of caring for common property.
He was speaking at the ceremony to inaugurate a rehabilitated and expanded water supply system, which will benefit 25,000 people out of Monapo’s population of 96,000. It will supply water for 14 hours a day.
The previous system was obsolete and was installed over 60 years ago. It provided water for less than 2,000 people for just five hours a day.
This was the second water system in the province that Nyusi inaugurated on Saturday. The first was in the port city of Nacala.
Nyusi urged the inhabitants of Monapo to preserve their water system against any attempt to vandalise it.
“I urge the population of Monapo to be on the lookout against those who sabotage common property”, he said. “They ruin things and then they complain of the absence of everything. We must have the culture of protecting our assets, our infrastructures, protecting what is the common good”.
Nyusi added that he intends to travel round the country, complying with his promise to provide drinking water to the public under the “PRAVIDA” programme.
“We are finalising work to expand the systems”, he said. “Here in Nampula province, in various places, reservoirs are being rehabilitated that together will benefit more than 300,000 people, thus attending to the growing demand for water”.
Nyusi urged the Monapo residents to use water rationally and to protect the new facilities. He said the government is aware of the many challenges ahead, and that the situation obliges the country to adopt rational planning so as to do a little of everything at the same time.
“While we need water, we also need medicines, roads, electricity, schools – and so we must plan rationally in order to advance together until we reach efficiency”, he said.
The rehabilitation and expansion of the Monapo water supply system cost the state budget 159.3 million meticais (about 2.6 million US dollars). 3,026 homes were connected to the water network, and a further 30 public standpipes were installed to add to the eight already in existence.Source: AIM
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