President Lungu demands accelerated development

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to help accelerate development.

And President Lungu has requested for the speedy inclusion of the former Rural Road Unit into the Zambia National Service (ZNS) payroll.

Speaking during the commissioning and tour of the K132 million Robert Makasa University, President Lungu said the institution would shame all the doubting Thomases in the opposition who had been claiming that they could not see anything good the Government was doing.

President Lungu, who paid tribute to late President Michael Sata for the concept, said the project was to create a stand-alone university as a centre of excellence for mathematics, science and technology.

He noted that the PF government had not departed from the concept of Mr Sata and Robert Makasa University was a testament of his legacy.

The project comprises 17 staff houses, a two-storey state of the art library, two 500-seater multi-purpose halls, an administration block comprising 11 offices for staff and several lecture and tutorial rooms and sleeping quarters with a 600-student bed capacity.

The university, which is scheduled to open in mid-September, has been placed under the management of the Copperbelt University before it could begin to operate independently.

“I have no doubt in my mind that this facility will increase access and quality to higher education in the country in conformity with Government’s revised Sixth National Development Plan.

‘‘In line with the original mission of the university, I have been informed that the Copperbelt management will introduce programmes that focus on science and technology, with a bias towards vocational and entrepreneurial education, which emphasizes the development of relevant professional skills,” President Lungu said. He instructed the CBU management to optimize girl child graduate output and advancement in society through the implementation of a fast, effective and competitive girl-child enrolment policy.

President Lungu advised the local community through traditional leaders to guard the institution jealously and take advantage of the programmes being offered as well as take advantage of jobs that would be created.