ZANIS COPY -Kapaya calls for consistent efforts in reducing poverty in Luapula province

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Kapaya calls for consistent efforts in reducing poverty in Luapula province

Mansa, July 9, ZANIS….. Luapula Province Minister Benson Kapaya has called for consistent efforts from stakeholders in the province in addressing high levels of poverty.

The Minister made the call yesterday at Henry Courtyard during the second quarter provincial development coordinating committee meeting in Mansa.

He said there was need to improve the livelihood of the people of Luapula province because currently the poverty levels were high and most of the people in rural areas still lacked access to quality basic services in the health and education sectors.

Brigadier General Kapaya directed Ministry of Agriculture Officers and Food Reserve Agency to ensure that all logistics for the maize marketing and farmer input distribution were in place without failure.

He however expressed happiness at the progress made at Chishinga Cattle Ranch project in Kawambwa district and called for a cattle disease free province so that the province could develop a cattle industry and supply meat products to export markets.

The Minister said the multi sectoral team constituted over the Luena Farm Block project should work hard and ensure that the project was moves according to plan.

He also called on Senior Officers in the Ministries of Health and Education to ensure accelerated completion of the infrastructure projects which have been delayed.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Kapaya implored the Road Development Agency (RDA) to ensure regular and effective monitoring of the road projects in the province and called on the Rural Roads Unit to enhance rehabilitation of feeder roads in all the districts before the onset of the rain season.

He called for unity among Heads of Government institutions and departments in pushing the provincial developmental agenda which is aimed at reducing human suffering and high poverty levels in the province forward.

And Luapula Deputy Permanent Secretary Joyce Bwacha Nsamba called on Heads of Department sending representatives to the meetings to ensure that the representatives were equal to the task than just to come and warm the seats without the required answers to the questions being asked.

She added that the apologies and submission of reports should also be in writing and submitted in good time to allow for necessary adjustments.