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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Increased infrastructure development to create jobs in Northern Province

Economy Increased infrastructure development to create jobs in Northern Province

Minister of Finance Felix Mutati
Minister of Works and Supply Felix Mutati

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.

5 COMMENTS

  1. The rush to quickly develop Muchinga & Northern provinces has led the country to be in this debt crisis. Most of the white elephant projects are incomplete, yet now Govt is bankrupt.

    The people of N/Western province must now repay this debt, as witnessed by $7-Billion tax bill given to Kansanshi mine by ZRA.

    No country in the world has ever developed using debt.

    • Maloza are you sure about your last statement ? If you borrow and heavly invest in your development projects, you will be able to pay back your debt and you will have achieved your development. Therefore you will have developed using debt.

  2. Mr. Abena, what Return on Investment will come from infrastructure being built in areas with a zero manufacturing base? How will those buildings repay the debt?

  3. I Love this sensible argument above from Abena, Maloza and Dudelove. However we are missing one point which is fundamental.
    Investment can only be realised if and when the true cost of building these infrastractures are not exaggarated. The problem is that a building costing $10million USD usually end with $60 million USD becuase of kickbacks and in general corruption by government officials from the President Lungu, Chitotela, Mutati, kapyongo and others.
    If you do a personal audit, how have they(Vodka Lungu, Chitotela and Kapyongo) acquired all the assets within 24 months?

  4. Kickbacks from HH cost us land in Namwala! Are you referring to that? Or to Privatization? Or to Panama Paradise?

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