KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
LUAPULA Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa has called for unity among MP’s in the province to foster development for the region to record meaningful development.
Mr Chilangwa said the province has vast resources to top the development index of the country.
He said this in an interview recently.
“Luapula Province is standing low on the development index, we don’t deserve to be at the bottom of the development because we have so many resources which we must harness for the development of our people.
“I want to appeal to all our members of parliament in Luapula that we should continue working as a team so that we can have a convergence point and deliver to the expectations of our people, “he said.
Mr Chilangwa said now is the time to deliver and not politicking.
“His Excellency the President was here recently and his message was categorical that we need to visit our constituencies to interact with our people on issues affecting them and to give updates on developmental projects,” he said.
He said Luapula province will only develop with the full participation of all stakeholders.
“The way New York is today is not the way it was ten years ago, it took people to develop the place. They rose to the challenge to ensure that development reaches them. We in Luapula have no reason why we should not deliver in the health, education, agriculture sector, mining, tourism sectors and other sectors,” he said.
Mr Chilangwa said development must not only be left to President Lungu.
“It’s about all of us ensuring that we do the right thing. I wonder why people from Luapula province are fighting for space in Lusaka when there is a lot of land here which is waiting to be developed,” he said.
And First Deputy Speaker Catherine Namugala has urged Members of Parliament (MPs) to take keen interest in understanding the public financial management, reports Christine Chisha in Lusaka.
Ms Namugala said it is critical that MPs appreciate the relationship between fiscal policy pronouncements and the general performance of the economy with key economic variables such as deficits and balance payments.
“Matters related to procurement have continued to be at the center stage of public financial management as they relate to operations of public institutions and service delivery,” Ms Namugala said.