Govt tips future Higer Bus loan drivers

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—Government has urged the would-be beneficiaries of the Higer public buses which it is procuring to use them for the intended purpose.

Assistant Director for Transport in the Ministry of Transport,Works, Supply and Communications, Lubinda Sakanga, urged the drivers to ensure that they use the buses to expand their businesses.

Mr Sakanga said government is committed to empower all Zambians in all key sectors of the country’s economy hence the need for the beneficiaries to put to good use their resources.

ZANIS Reports that Mr Sakanga was speaking in Lusaka yesterday at the closure of a one week Business Manage Course for drivers expected to benefit from the 1000 Higer buses that government is procuring.

The Business Management Course was the fifth to be conducted and so far 202 drivers have been trained since the training programme commenced last year.

And Mr Sakanga has called on the bus drivers to desist from engaging in all forms of corrupt activities which lower their moral integrity of their profession.

At the same function, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Senior Road Inspector for Lusaka and Western Provinces, David Manjulinji, called on the drivers to apply what they have learnt during their one week course.

Mr Manjulunji particularly emphasized on the need for the drivers to apply their defensive driving skills which they have acquired to reduce the rising road traffic accidents in the country.

Meanwhile, Public and Private Drivers Association of Zambia (PPDAZ) president, Josiah Mujuru, said his association is ready to cooperate with government in order to revamp the transport sector in the country.

Mr Mujuru also appealed to government to enforce laws that will see that bus drivers across the country are protected from the un-ceremonial dismal from work.

He explained that bus drivers have in the recent past been advocates of social change in society but expressed worry that their employment has remained unsecured.