TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu has re-assured the people of Luapula Province of his administrationâ€™s commitment to delivering development to all parts of the region in line with his campaign promises.
The President said his Government will remain relentless in its efforts to uplift the living standards of the people of Luapula and Zambia as a whole.
Mr Lungu said this through his special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda shortly after the head of State met 30 traditional leaders from Luapula Province at State House yesterday.
â€œThe President is very thankful that traditional leaders from Luapula Province came to visit him at State House and the head of State is also happy that Mwata Kazembe of the Lunda people of Luapula Province who could not manage to travel to Lusaka endorsed the meeting.
â€œThe President has also assured the traditional leaders that the infrastructure development projects that the Patriotic Front government embarked on will continue to be rolled out to help foster development in the area,â€ Mr Chanda said.
He said President Lungu has also assured the traditional leaders that his Government will continue to implement the Link-Zambia 8000 road project to uplift the living standards of people in the region.
Mr Chanda said the head of State has further expressed confidence in the Luapula provincial administration leadership and has since urged them to work closely with chiefs to foster meaningful development in the area.
Meanwhile, Luapula Province permanent secretary Boniface Chimbwali has assured President Lungu that the provincial administration will continue to engage traditional leaders during the implementation of development projects.
Mr Chimbwali said this is the only way that will help to develop the region as well as improve the living standards of people in the area.
â€œI want to thank the President for hosting them at State House and also to hear how the implementation of development projects can continue.
â€œI am also happy that the chiefs have pledged their full support to President Lungu and his administration and are willing to work with him to ensure that Luapula Province is fully developed,â€ he said.
Chief Nsamba of the Unga-speaking people of Lunga district, who spoke on behalf of the chiefs, thanked President Lungu for including traditional leaders on his Governmentâ€™s development agenda.
The traditional leader also urged the government to quickly connect all the areas in Luapula Province to the national electricity grid to attract investment to the region.
â€œWe are happy that we have interacted with the President on a number of issues and we are also appealing to him that his Government must quickly work on the Nchelenge-Kaputa road and Kasaba bay-Luwingu road so that we can attract development in the area,â€ he said.
The traditional leader further commended President Lungu for committing himself to developing all the parts of Luapula Province.
TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka