North Western Province Permanent Secretary Augustine Seyuba has called upon public media houses in the country to consider opening up their news bureaus in the region, particularly in Solwezi.
Mr Seyuba has also appealed to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services to consider buying news gathering equipment for offices opened in new districts across the province.
He said that the province is experiencing increased investment in mining and other sectors that need to be adequately covered by media houses.
Mr Seyuba also disclosed that he will soon be writing to the Times of Zambia, Zambia Daily Mail and others to reopen their news bureaus which they decided to suspend.
Further, the permanent secretary who had a meeting with journalists in his office appealed to local broadcasting television and radio stations to project a positive image of the province in their reporting.
He said there was no need to focus on negative stories of the province when there are a lot of good things in infrastructure and business investment taking place in the area.
Mr Seyuba thanked Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) for opening up new offices and deploying media personnel to all the districts that were not covered by the department.
However, he appealed to the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Mr Mwansa Kapeya to ensure that the new offices in Manyinga, Mufumbwe, Ikelengi and Chavuma districts are provided with cameras and equipment for news gathering this year.
He said the ministry can strategically procure equipment that can be shared between districts that are closer to each other to ensure that officers adequately inform the rest of the country on news events and economic development activities taking place in the new districts.