Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa has vowed not shave until the free WiFi he promised Lusaka residents is delivered. During the mayoral campaigns, Sampa pledged to deliver the Free WiFi project within 90 days.
In 2016, government and a South African firm signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide free Wi-Fi services in public spaces in Lusaka.
Government through the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and the Lusaka City Council (LCC) partnered with Edgy Nicollo M2TD Consortium, a South African company to supply free wifi services in Zambia under phase-one.
Other stakeholders in the project included Zambia Information and Communication Technology (ZICTA) and the Zambia Telecommunications Company (ZAMTEL).
Ministry of Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary (PS), Amos Malupenga said during the signing ceremony held in Lusaka that the government was happy with the development of providing internet services to the people.
Mr. Malupenga said the project was expected to create an estimated 1,500 jobs to the youths in Lusaka.
He said the project would also help the local authority to effectively and efficiently provide services to local people.
The Permanent Secretary said government was passionate about empowering its people with job security.
“These are the kind of projects that we as government always encourage councils to undertake because Public-Private Partnership help to keep councils in direct contact with the communities”, Mr. Malupenga said.
Speaking at the same event Lusaka Town Clerk, Alex Mwansa bemoaned the high levels of unemployment among youths especially in the City but expressed hope that the free wifi project will help address the problem.
“I’m glad that the project is finally becoming a reality. It would help to alleviate the problem of unemployment in Lusaka in that an estimated 1,500 jobs are expected to be created”,Mr. Mwansa said.
The free wifi project was initiated by Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba in April this year when he led a delegation of eight members from Edgy Nicollo Group.