THE removal of subsidies on fuel is not meant to punish Zambians but is a move that would save money to be channeled to other development programmes, Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu has said. Mr Zulu said the removal of subsidies from fuel will save a lot of money that will go towards projects such as construction of roads hospitals and schools in the country. The provincial Minister said this at St. Luke’s Secondary School in Mambwe district at the PTA meeting yesterday. He said that most of the projects had stalled because of lack of funds but explained that through subsidies savings many projects would be completed. Mr Zulu stated that the PF was a pro-poor government and its policies were designed to promote the needs of the economically disadvantaged. And Mr Zulu who is Malambo Constituency Member of Parliament has called on the people in the region to unite and work together in the quest to develop Eastern Province. He said the construction of Katete Msoro-Road would be a successful story if only people support government plans. He explained that once the road was completed, it would reduce the transport cost and link other districts in the Province. And Youth, Sports and Child Development Minister Moses Mawere has said his ministry had requested for about 25 hectares of land in Chipata for the construction of youths’ skills training centre. Mr Mawere who paid a courtesy call on Mr Zulu said his Ministry had lined up a lot of developmental programs that would empower the youths with skills in Eastern Province.