Government keen to develop Western province-Sampa

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The Government of President Michael Sata has vowed not to ignore the people of Western province as was the case in the previous governments.

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Deputy Minister of Finance Miles Sampa said the Patriotic Front (PF) government was determined to foster development in Kalabo and Western province as a whole regardless of the people’s political affiliations.

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Mr. Sampa said it was for this reason that government has embarked on various developmental projects in the province which it aims to complete within a shortest possible time.

He said this in Kalabo today when he officiated at the official opening of the National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE) branch in the district.

Mr. Sampa disclosed that government has released KR 780,156 for the completion of the construction of Kalabo prison, KR1.4 million for the construction of a district hospital and KR619, 448 for the rehabilitation of the medical training school’s health facilities and the construction of staff houses.

He said other funds released are the KR 500, 000 for the construction of Mongu stadium, KR200, 000 for drainage canals in the province, KR358, 800 for child protection and KR225, 723 for rural roads infrastructure development among other finances meant for different projects.

Mr. Sampa has meanwhile commended NATSAVE for being first bank to provide banking facilities in Kalabo district since its establishment in 1938.

He said NATSAVE has continued to play a leading role in financial inclusion through opening branches in rural districts of the country.

And NATSAVE Chairperson Ngandwe Chiselebwe said the bank’s social economic development was its primary motive to making profits.

Dr. Chiselebwe said the bank will soon open branches in Mpongwe and Lufwanyama districts which have had no banks since their establishment.

And Kalabo Member of Parliament Chinga Miyuta thanked government for opening a bank in the district, a thing he said previous governments failed to do.

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