BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
FIRST Lady Esther Lungu says she has a passion for girl children and wants to see more of them excel in education so that they could be appointed to positions of influence.
Speaking during a courtesy call on North-Western Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya at Kansanshi hotel yesterday, Mrs Lungu said girls are faced with a lot of challenges such as defilement, early marriages and teenage pregnancies which are a hindrance to their education.
She said this was the reason why she was on a mission to donate computers to Mushindamo Girls Technical High School in the newly created Kalumbila district to help improve the teaching of information communication technology (ICT).
And speaking on arrival at Solwezi airport, Mrs Lungu, who is on a two-day visit of North-Western Province, assured the people that President Lungu will deliver development to all parts of the country.
She said Mr Lungu has already delivered on some of his campaign promises by initiating a number of development projects, some of which have been completed while others are still underway.
In her call for unity, Mrs Lungu said Zambia belongs to all citizens, and President Lungu will remain President for all Zambians.
She thanked the people of Solwezi for the warm welcome accorded to her delegation.
â€œWith this thunderous welcome you have given me, I am so excited and overwhelmed and I feel like staying here for the whole week, but I will only be here for two days,â€ she said.
The First Lady further appealed to Zambians to look to God for solutions to the current problems the country is facing.
Mrs Lungu said Zambia is a Christian nation and people must seek Godâ€™s intervention to every challenge.
Mrs Lungu promised the people that she would return to North-Western Province sometime next year for more of her outreach programmes for vulnerable children.
North-Western Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya said Mrs Lunguâ€™s visit to Mushindamo Girls Secondary School will encourage schoolgirls to work hard.
Mr Kafwaya, who thanked the First Lady for her visit, also said the province has a good working team which is determined to foster development in the region.
And Transport and Communication Minister Kapembwa Simbao said President Lungu wants to see all schools across the country have access to ICT facilities.
The First Lady is today expected to grace the closing ceremony of the 2015 First Quantum Minerals (FQM) girlsâ€™ mentorship camp at Trident Foundation, and will later visit Kalumbila Mine to check on the families that have been resettled by the mine in Shinengene farming block.
BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi