Eastern Province Permanent Secretary (PS) Veronica Mwiche is impressed with the state of art provincial studios whose construction is nearing completion with only minor works remaining.
The Permanent Secretary who inspected the US$3.667 million project in Chipata said the people of Eastern Province are eager to see the studio completed and commissioned soon.
Ms Mwiche observed the studio is a strategic infrastructure that will give the country a competitive position in the development of the media industry in locally and at southern regional level.
“I am delighted to have inspected this massive and impressive infrastructure being put up by government in our province. This is one of the indicators in the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) towards enhanced service delivery to our people,” Ms Mwiche said.
She noted that other than the new broadcast studio contributing to the dissemination of quality news and information it will also provide a platform for enhancement of art and cultural products in the province.
“This modern studio will have equipment that matches its status and this will contribute to production of desired content that will in turn enable the province and country compete on the international level in the production of film for instance,” the PS said.
The Eastern Province Permanent is optimistic that the studio that will house both radio and television broadcast facilities will be a source of employment for many people, including local residents.
She said it was for this that the minor works and installation of equipment must quickly be done in order to commission the facility.
“As we work in one government approach, we appeal that the final touches on this piece of infrastructure is done so that it is commissioned at the earliest possible convenience so that it does not fall to ruin due to lack of activity around here,” she added.
Meanwhile, local artists have commended government for implementing the project in the province.
Mr Martin Dube, a Chipata based artist, said currently the province does not have sophisticated equipment to facilitate the recording of quality music.
He said he is happy that the broadcasting studios will offer him and other artists a versatile space to have their musical works produced.
“I am happy with this development, and I am sure my fellow artists feel the same way. We cannot wait to have this facility open for use, it is definitely going to improve a lot of things in the arts and film industry”, he said.