Senior Chief Mwewa says Mansa Sugar will contribute greatly to the reduction of poverty in Chembe district and Luapula Province as a whole.
Speaking on behalf of the Luapula Chiefs Council when they held discussions with President Lungu before the commissioning of the Mansa Sugar plant this morning, Senior Chief Mwewa described the project as a landmark development which would be talked about for many years to come.
He said the thousands of Jobs that would be created for the people of Luapula Province would make it possible for poverty to be considerably reduced in the province.
He said the people of Luapula used to walk long distances to buy sugar and that Mansa Sugar would help collapse the distances the residents used to travel in search of the commodity.
And the Chief thanked President Edgar Lungu most profoundly for the many Ministers he had appointed from Luapula Province.
He said there was no doubt that the large number of Ministers in the Province was because President Lungu wanted to ensure that Luapula recieved a fair share of the national cake like other provinces as it had been lagging behind in development.
The Chief however stated that there was need for government to quickly work on the road from Chief Puta in Chiyengi so that trade could be enhanced between the DRC and Luapula. He also bemoaned the delay in the construction of the Samfya/Musaila road whose works had stalled.
The traditional leader also informed the President that some districts had not yet recieved their allocation from the 650 health posts.
He equally stated that more schools were required in the Province to ensure that all the young people had an equal opportunity to get an education especially the girl children who were falling prey to early marriages because of not going to school.
And President Lungu took time to assure the traditional leaders that all the projects would be completed.
He said a journey of a thousand miles begun with one step and that as Government, they were aware of the roads as well as all the other projects that needed completing and that they were working to complete the projects as quickly as they could.