State keen to develop rural areas – Malupenga


NORTH-WESTERN Province permanent secretary Amos Malupenga says Government remains committed to opening up rural areas for greater economic development.
Mr Malupenga said it is for this reason Government has embarked on a robust road and energy infrastructure development across the country.
He said energy infrastructure development has taken centre stage on the government agenda and that through Indeni has completed the construction of a fuel reserve facility in North-Western Province with a storage capacity of 15 million litres.
Mr Malupenga said this has been done in recognition of the increasing level of economic activities in the province which has resulted in high demand for petroleum products.
He was speaking at the official opening of Kwasha Mykwenu filling station in Zambezi district today.
The service station, which is a partnership between Senior Chief Ishindi and Puma Energy Zambia, was constructed at K2.6 million.
Mr Malupenga said the national consumption of petroleum products last year was around 52 million litres per month and is expected to increase by 40 percent this year.
He said the energy sector’s impact on the economy is so critical that it underpins the growth of the economy.
“The Zambian economy growth has averaged around seven percent in the recent past mainly driven by mining, construction and transport sectors but we should not lose sight of the crucial enabling role played by the energy sector,” he said.

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