The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has partnered with First Nation Bank (FNB) to offer point of sale services to its clients in a bid to increase revenue collection for the local authority.
Speaking at the launch of the point of sale payment system today, Lusaka Mayor Mulenga Sata said the scheme will help enhance business transaction for the local authority’s corporate and individual clients.
Mr. Sata said in a speech read for him by his deputy Potipher Tembo that the LCC was in a hurry to improve municipal service delivery to the community.
He however stated that this goal can only be achieved when the local authority improves on its revenue collection.
Mr. Sata said the council needed to ensure that it uses all the strategies at its disposal in collecting all the monies due to it.
He noted that LCC was fast drifting away from the trend of handling cash and advised its clients to use facilities financial institutions have initiated.
Mr. Sata encouraged the private sector to partner with the local authority in many more innovative business solutions adding that the council will always remain open to work with the private sector through private public partnership initiatives.
He further said the council was cognisant of the fact that in order for the local authority to provide quality services, it requires the participation of all key stakeholders.
Mr. Sata also stated that the point of sale payment system will be rolled out to all pay points which the LCC has opened around the city of Lusaka.
Speaking earlier, FNB Head of Public Sector Andrew Muyaba appealed to members of the public to change their mind-set and adopt the use of cards for payment as it was more cost effective as opposed to drawing cash for transactions.
Mr. Muyaba reiterated the bank’s commitment to continue innovating and providing affordable and accessible financial solutions and serve customers diligently.
He said FNB was resolved to offer e-enabled banking solutions and build sustainable relationships with all government institutions that the bank interacts with.