The governor of eastern Nuristan province says they have adopted precautionary measures to keep roads open during winter and commodities’ prices stable.
Hafiz Abdul Qayum was talking to Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview. He said the provincial administration had prepared plan to deal with problems in winter.
“We have completed our preparations to keep highways open during winter,” he said, recalling that previously prices of daily use items would increase due to blockade of roads by snowfall.
He said they had also evolved plans to keep roads open to districts, adding that government officials were in contact with tribal elders and had acquired the required machinery and equipment.
However, the governor complained Japan had provided snow clearing machines and equipment to the Ministry of Public Works but Nuristan did not receive its share in the aid.
“We need the equipment more than others but our frequent requests in this regard fell on deaf ears,” Abdul Qayum said, asking the Ministry of Public Works to launch reconstruction work on roads in Paroon, the provincial capital, and some districts. The governor claimed a single metre of road had not been blacktopped in Nuristan.
About insecurity, he said the problem was not confined to Nuristan but existed throughout the country. However, he said the security situation in Nuristan had lately improved. He said government officials and residents travelled on roads and they had not confronted any major problem. However, security incidents occurred in some mountainous areas, he admitted.
The governor said security forces in Nuristan were fully prepared and were bravely defending the country’s borders, saying all people of the province supported the government and the Afghan security forces. He cited a recently held big gathering of tribal elders and religious scholars in Paroon, in which the participants voiced support for the national security forces.
Abdul Qayum said the education sector faced some problems and out of 234 schools, only 73 schools had buildings. “We have a of lot problems in the education sector particularly the lack of buildings and professional teachers.
He said there was no big hospital in Nuristan. He said they had opened a 20-bed hospital in a private building against rent in Paroon, but the facility hardly coped with patients from within the city. He said some small clinics existed in districts but they lacked beds.