Minister of Works and Supply Felix Mutati says more job opportunities will be created in Northern Province following the increased infrastructure development projects which government has initiated in the region.
The minister said the biggest challenge currently in Northern Province is aimed at addressing issues of unemployment in the region.
Mr. Mutati said that government wants to ensure that the province has a fair share of facilities that will be able to create decent jobs for the people.
He said this today when he officiated at this year’s Labour Day celebrations Kasama District under the theme ‘Building Partnerships for Sustainable National Development through decent job creation and social justice’.
Mr. Mutati said he listened attentively to the commendations made to government by various unions with regards to various development efforts being registered in the province.
And Mr. Mutati paid tribute to workers especially the private sector that turned up at this year’s Labour Day celebrations, saying they are an important partner to the country’s development.
Mr. Mutati charged that government is aware of the need to make profit by the private sector in order to grow their businesses but needs to go hand in hand with fair pay and proper human working conditions.
The minister said he was optimistic that such partnership will bring sustainable economic development to the country.
Meanwhile, Northern Province Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga said this year’s Labour Theme needs to be understood by ensuring everyone works together to foster the country’s development and create the much needed jobs in the province.
Mr. Kamanga said the province has massive potential in various areas such as agriculture and tourism which have not been fully realized due to a number of challenges with regards to infrastructure.
He said the natural resources in these two sectors have the capacity to create employment in the province.
And speaking at the same event, the Zambia Congress of Trade Union National Deputy Secretary women’s Milimo Kamocha said this year’s Labour Day theme can only be meaningful through collaboration of different stake holders to enhance job creation.