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Lungu fulfils two more promises

FROM left: Mpulungu Harbour Corporation general manager Davies Kaluba, President Lungu and Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela tour Mpulungu port in Northern Province on Saturday.PICTURE: SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE

STEVEN MVULA, Mpulungu, Kasama
GOVERNMENT has signed a US$27 million deal with new investors to run the Mpulungu Harbour Corporation, President Lungu has disclosed.
He has also commissioned the first-ever school of midwifery and in-service training school in Northern Province.
In Mpulungu, President Lungu said at a public rally that Government was walking the talk by fulfilling the promise to develop Mpulungu.
“We promised to revive Mpulungu Harbour and I am here to tell you we are moving to fulfil the promise. We have signed a US$27 million deal with new investors to run the Harbour,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said the secret of success is to walk the talk.
He said late President Sata promised to change the country for the better and moved rapidly to fulfil his promises, and he (President Lungu) has continued the trend.
Mpulungu Harbour Corporation mainly handles cement and sugar exports to Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
The port is due for modernisation that will cost some US$35 million, US$7 million on roads and new plot, and another US$13 million on other facilities.
The modernization will be funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB).
In Kasama, President Lungu yesterday commissioned the first-ever school of midwifery and in-service training school in the province.
The first phase will cost K3.5 million, sourced from the Government, the World Bank, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
The school will initially have 50 students each year as well as 160 in-service staff upgrading their qualifications.
“Enhanced health service delivery spanning the continuum care from health promotion, disease prevention and control, treatment and rehabilitation form a solid foundation on which we shall ensure wellness of our people,” President Lungu said.
He said works done include renovation of students’ hostels, kitchen, dining hall, lecture theatre, water reticulation, improving power and ancillary equipment.
President Lungu said he has placed premium on health.
“The economic growth and emancipation of our country rests squarely on having a healthy and productive population that will spur our ambitious drive to be a prosperous middle-income nation by 2030,” President Lungu said.
He said the midwifery school is part of a deliberate wholesome push in development.




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