LAFARGE Zambia donated land worth K5.2m to the Chilanga District Council for the construction of administrative offices as well as civic centre.
Lafarge Zambia signed an MoU with Chilanga District Council at Lafarge Head office where it handed over the land.
Lafarge also announced that it had plans to create an industrial and commercial park in the area. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Lafarge Zambia Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Rigaux said Chilanga district had the potential to become a hub of excellence and a gate way into Lusaka .Mr Rigaux said his company was committed to play a central role in building a better Chilanga.
“We consider this event to be a milestone for Chilanga as we celebrate our golden jubilee. I say this because it shows the implementation of the decentralisation policy which was introduced only a few years ago. The members of the constituency who include not only the individual residents but corporate entities alike are beginning to see the benefits of this programme in our district. As part of this, Lafarge Zambia is spearheading a commercial and industrial park here in Chilanga, working with Central Government, the District Authority and the private sector,” he said.
“This first step of our plan is the donation of five hectares of land to the government through the Chilanga District Council. This is very prime land and at today’s fair market value is worth several million kwacha. We are convinced the Council will put this land to good use. The land is centrally located and will be ideal for effective administration of activities in the District of Chilanga to help spur development.”
Rigaux said the next step is the creation of a commercial and industrial park which will see the district attract more investors and “this has the potential for further job creation for our people”.
And speaking at the same ceremony, Chilanga District Commissioner Mrs Edith Muwana thanked Lafarge for the donation of the land saying the land would be put to good use. “We would like to thank Lafarge for this donation. As you are aware most of the land in Chilanga constituency is in private hands, i.e. either companies or individuals. Therefore, we call upon everyone to emulate Lafarge and help us develop the area. We assure you that the land will be put to good use”, said Mrs Muwana
Lafarge volunteers also took part in the Habitat Build day. This was at the construction of a house for family in Linda compound. Lafarge has partnered with Habitat for Humanity where they will see the construction of 30 houses for vulnerable families across the country.