THE construction of a university, a new soccer stadium and other development projects on the cards will significantly boost economic growth in Western Province as Government tries to create jobs and reduce poverty, an official has said.
Once completed, the university will enroll an initial 5,000 students annually, according to Western Province permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba.
Mr Mwamba said he is cheered by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE)’s decision to allocate more than 900 hectares of land to Government to commence constructing the university along Senanga Road, about 18 kilometres to the south of Mongu.
Mr Mwamba said Government will not end at the university alone as it targets Western Province for development in a bid to upgrade rural Zambia.
“We have the university and football stadium projects. The province is enjoying some road construction projects like the Mongu-Kalabo, Kalabo-Sikongo and other five roads under construction,” Mr Mwamba said on the sidelines of the visit to Western Province of Minister of Defence Geoffrey Mwamba and Minister of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu over the weekend.
Mr Mwamba said following the allocation of land from BRE, the construction of Namushakende University will commence.
“Let me emphasise that the relationship between Government and BRE is cordial, very calm and they are majority stakeholders in development,” he said.
Mr Mwamba said the university will offer training in agriculture, fisheries and livestock adding that the institution will help to address employment challenges the province is facing.
He said the institution will boost technical skills required to further develop the province.
Mr Mwamba said the university will enrol up to 5,000 students annually and may be more once it expands.
He said the gesture from the traditional leadership demonstrates the commitment it has in promoting development.
“It also demonstrates commitment that Government intends to deliver its project on course and willingness by the BRE to ensure the province gets development,” he said.
Thousands of jobs are expected to be created during the erection of both the stadium and the university.