President Hakainde Hichilema has called on all stakeholders and citizens to compliment the government’s efforts in combating climate change and all its effects on citizens.
The President says all concerned citizens should extend help to the families affected by the floods currently being experienced in the country by donating through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) or directly to the affected families.
The Head of State has since directed all Members of Parliament to visit their constituencies to appreciate the extent of the damage caused by flooding in their localities.
President Hichilema said this during his address to the second session of the thirteenth National Assembly on the progress made in the application of the national values and principles.
“Government recognizes climate change and its associated threats that continue to affect the sustainability of development trajectory. For instance, we have recently experienced devastating floods in some parts of the country. We have visited some flood hit areas. It is sad that economic livelihoods have been destroyed including children unable to attend school” he said
The Head of State added that the government has put in place several measures to address climate change including the two million tree planting project, which he has encouraged everyone to join in.
And President Hichilema further informed the house that the government has decentralized the approval of Constituency Development Fund CDF to Provincial Administration offices and has streamlined the CDF guidelines to make it easier to access and implement.
He said all the 156 constituencies received their full allocation of CDF for the year 2022 and that 3,256 community projects have so far been approved for implementation in all the constituencies.
“Government has taken measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of the CDF. To this effect, the approval of CDF projects has been decentralized to the provincial administration and guidelines on procurement have also been streamlines” he said
He added that 11, 422 vulnerable pupils in 130 constituencies were granted boarding bursaries and an additional 29, 916 youths from vulnerable families in 145 constituencies accessed skills development bursaries.
The President has further called on area Members of Parliament from constituencies that are not using the education bursaries to do so and increase access to education which he described as the best tool that can be given to children to secure their future.