Limited has handed over six more buses and a pickup truck to the Public and Private Drivers Association of Zambia (PPDAZ) as part of government’s empowerment scheme to distribute 100 buses to youth groups in ten Provinces.
Speaking during the hand-over ceremony Col. Panji Kaunda said the handover is part of the Patriotic Front (PF) government’s Youth Empowerment Programme under the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development.
Col. Kaunda said the initiative, which was part of government’s programme of creating Two million jobs, had benefited youths in Eastern, Copperbelt, Northern, Central and Lusaka Provinces among others.
He thanked the PPDAZ for their resolve in making sure that the project succeeded but cautioned the beneficiaries to be wary of undesirable members who could negatively affect the project.
“When we started this project, many people thought it was going to fail because they thought bus drivers as shabby and irresponsible. But Higer gave us two buses for free and we have never looked back since. We want as many Zambians as possible to benefit from this initiative,” said Col. Kaunda who was the pioneer of the loan scheme.
Col. Kaunda said the Loan Empowerment Scheme with PPDAZ would soon be extended to tipper trucks and other road construction equipment so that Zambian youths could continue to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
And counselor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Ou Yang Bao Bing, emphasised on the need for the Zambia/China friendship to flourish further.
Mr. Bing said his country encouraged Chinese owned companies to invest back their profits in communities where they operated. He gave an example of the Huawei and University of Zambia (UNZA) Partnership where 1 million dollars’ worth of equipment and technical support has been pledged. “We expect more Chinese companies to emulate Huawei and Higer by creating employment and monetary benefits for the Zambian people,” emphasised Bing.
He called on Higer to continue offering the best after service to enhance customer retention and satisfaction.
He also thanked the Government of Zambia and President Edgar Lungu in particular for creating an enabling environment for Chinese enterprises to operate and thrive.
Mr. Majuru thanked Government for putting in place an enabling environment for his association to operate and pledged his members’ adherence to traffic rules, respect for customers and maximum care for passengers and other road users.
“I want to emphasise that PPDAZ is putting lives of passengers as priority number one. I want to assure the travelling public good comfort, good customer care and excellent service by our bus crew,” said Majuru.