SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Joyce Simukoko has called on workers unions to initiate sporting competitions aimed at promoting productivity
in a bid to have a healthy workforce.
Simukoko said Government recognises the important role sport plays in national development as clearly indicated in the recently launched Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).
“Sport is an integral part of healthy living. The benefit of sport can never be emphasised. It has united nations, built cities and it has, is and will always build and develop humanity,” she said.
Simukoko, who was speaking at the 5th Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) Sports Festival in Lusaka yesterday, said Zambia is investing heavily in sports infrastructure.
“ZUFIAW is complementing this sports investment as seen today. I therefore call upon all other unions to emulate ZUFIAW or indeed partner with the organisation so as to invest more in sport.
“I have no doubt that whatsoever rapport between the union and institutions it represents is very critical in furthering industrial harmony,” she said.
And ZUFIAW general secretary Chingati Msiska said: “This sports festival has been running for five years now. Our aim as ZUFIAW is to promote interactions among financial institutions we represent through sport. We want our members to take their minds off the money matters and business transactions they do.”
Financial institutions in attendance Bank of Zambia, Investrust Bank, Standard Chartered, Workers Compensation Control Board, Zanaco Bank, First Capital Bank, First Alliance Bank, Barclays Bank, Pensions and Insurance Authority and National Savings and Credit Bank.
Others are Indo Zambia, Zambia Public Procurement Authority, National Pension Scheme Authority, Public Service Pensions Fund, ZSIC General Insurance, Local Authorities Superannuation Fund and Bank ABC.