Luapula Province Minister Nixon Chilangwa has demonstrated his seriousness on the value he places on time for official meetings by sending away two institutions that were invited for the first meeting for Heads of Government Departments in the Province.
Mr. Chilangwa sent away a representative from KFM Radio and the Judiciary who showed up after 30 minutes when the meeting had commenced.
The Provincial Minister said coming late for official meetings is a bad habit and shows lack of seriousness to duty because late comers for meetings are never themselves and do not contribute meaningful to the deliberations due to lack of confidence on the issues being discussed.
He said it takes a lot of time for such late comers to meetings to find themselves and settle in their minds for a valuable input.
The Minister also expressed concern at the absence of the head of the Zambia Revenue Authority in the province in the meeting because he had observed that Government was not collecting enough tax revenue from Districts and wanted some explanations on the matter.
Mr. Chilangwa also observed that the Road Development Agency Regional Engineer was conspicuously missing in the meeting when a good road network in the Province is a critical catalyst for economic development.
The Minister said he will not condone a culture of pending files in Offices because there is no need of keeping files in the pending tray if development is the focus for the Province.
He called on the civil service to account for their time that they spend in Offices and examine themselves whether they were delivering on their mandates for the improvements of the living conditions for the people of Luapula.
This was the first meeting for familiarization with Captains of development in the province following his appointment as Provincial Minister.
The meeting was held in the Conference Room at Provincial Administration in Mansa.