Seyuba calls for improved living standards for the vulnerable
Solwezi, July 5, ZANIS ——North-Western province Permanent Secretary, Augustine Seyuba says there is need to improve the living standards of vulnerable groups of people in society for them to positively contribute to national development.
Mr Seyuba said government is aware of many challenges that disadvantaged groups of people such as the aged, widows, disabled and orphaned children are faced with hence the need to help them become self-sustaining.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Solwezi District Commissioner, Crispin Likando during Lumvwang’ano Women’s Club donation of assorted goods to the vulnerable people in Mutanda today.
Mr Seyuba said the Zambian government has scored a number of successes in poverty reduction and improving the living standards of the poor in the country and urged other stakeholders to supplement these efforts as government alone cannot manage.
He commended Lumvwang’ano Women’s Club for its determination to help a large community in Chief Mumena’s Chiefdom by providing them with basic needs.
Mr Seyuba assured that his office will help the club to expand its income generation ventures through finding them viable contracts with the mining companies and government.
Speaking at the same event Chief Mumena of the Kaonde speaking people in Solwezi urged his subjects to embrace and strengthen the extended family system and help the needy in society.
Chief Mumena commended Lumwana mine for empowering women clubs in his chiefdom with skills aimed at reducing poverty at grassroots levels and appealed to other companies to emulate the gesture.
And, Lumvwang’ano Women’s Club Secretary, Jane Katako said the organization has a target to help 400 vulnerable people in Mumena community this year but cannot do so due to financial challenges.
Mrs Katako appealed to government and Lumwana mine to come on board and help them boost and sustain their project.