By Lusekero Mhango
The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has asked Communities in Karonga to embrace with speed the National Addressing System (NAS) that the authority is implementing in the district.
Macra Communication Manager Zadziko Makhambo made the call on Thursday in the district during a roadshow sensitization campaign on NAS that the authority had at the boma.
He said they had thought of engaging the general public through the roadshow in order to promote awareness of the project in Karonga, adding that public awareness is a vital component of the project as public engagement increases the communities understanding and acceptance of the exercise.
“We have implemented this project because we want all areas in the country to have physical addresses meaning that all roads and locations will be identified by a name while houses found a long those roads will be given a number for easy identification,” he said.
However, Makhambo appealed with the general public to take ownership of the project by among others safeguarding the sign posts from any form of vandalism.
In a separate interview, Martin Mkandawire, a representative of the Karonga District Commissioner welcomed the project to the district.
“As a council, we recognize the importance of this project as it is key to the social and economic development of our people hence we are ready to work with MACRA in order to have a smooth implementation of the project,” Mkandawire explained.
Abby Kumwenda, a local resident, expressed delight with the coming of the national addressing system saying it will help them access assistance easily during emergencies.
The national Addressing System which has been rolled out in all the Northern Region districts is expected to come to an end within 90 days.