President Edgar Lungu has challenged Zambian engineers to take a leading role in driving the development agenda of the nation.
President Lungu said this in Livinstone today during the 5th Engineers Without Borders (EWB) conference annual general meeting in a speech read for him by Vice President Inonge Wina.
The conference is being held under the auspices of the Southern African Federation of Engineering Organisation (SAFEO).
The theme of the conference is “engineering knowledge creation, sharing and collaboration”
President Lungu has urged engineers to use their profession to find solutions in improving the lives of the people.
The Head of State said a lot needs to be done to change the landscape of the country and that engineers were better placed to do that.
He said prosperity in the 21st Century was dependent and driven on science and technology.
President Lungu said there is need to change mindsets if science and technology is to be advanced.
He said the major areas that engineers could tackle are poor road infrastructure, power supply and lack of fresh and clean drinking water.
President Lungu has however reaffirmed government’s commitment to the principle value systems of engineering.
He said government will seek to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics so as to contribute to a better success in engineering.
And Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) President Bernard Chiwala said the engineers will endeavor to work with the government on many projects.
Mr. Chiwala said the collaboration of engineers fuels creation of knowledge and advanced technology.