MAYENGO NYIRENDA, Chipata
EASTERN Province has potential to make immense contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) through tourism in line with economic diversification programme, Minister of Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda has said.
Mr Banda said the province has enormous tourist sites such as the South Luangwa and Lukusuzi National Parks in Mambwe and Lundazi districts respectively.
Mr Banda said Government will also restock all game management areas with animals to make them attractive to both local and foreign tourists.
He said President Lungu’s resilience in ensuring the tourism sector becomes one of the key economic sectors has motivated the ministry to step up its efforts to ensure it serves the same purpose.
“Tourism in Eastern Province has a potential to create the much needed jobs for our youths in the country and that is exactly what we are doing to transform the region,” Mr Banda said.
He said Eastern Province is the only province in the country which prides itself of holding two major traditional ceremonies.
Mr Banda,.who is also Kapoche member of Parliament (MP), said Kulamba traditional ceremony for the Chewa’s and Nc’wala for the Ngoni’s form a strong base for cultural tourism to flourish in the province.
He said the two traditional ceremonies, which are held every year in August and February respectively, can be used to create job opportunities for the youths in the region.
Mr Banda said he will soon hold meetings with the traditional leadership in the
province to strategise on how traditional ceremonies can contribute to the country’s GDP and create jobs for the locals.
Meanwhile,Mr Banda said he wants every ward in his constituency to have a secondary school before the end of his tenure of office.
Mr Banda said there is need to provide enough space for children to attain secondary school education.
Meanwhile, Mr Banda has assured people of Kapoche of clean drinking water by drilling enough boreholes to enable them contribute to national development.
Mr Banda said her is also determined to address water problems in Kapoche within the next four years.