PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says “unlike my friends in the Opposition, I do not have the luxury of making irresponsible statements or promising quick-fix solutions, to some of the challenges we face”
.In a Facebook posting on his page this morning, The Head of State explained that his responsibility and that of his government was to put in place measures to address high-cost of living and relatively poverty levels amongst some of the communities.”…and this we have done, with tangible results,” he said.
President Lungu said since 2017, government had employed 23,000 health workers who graduated from universities and colleges.”The PF government has also created an enabling environment for the creation of jobs through the private sector,” The President pointed out.
“The companies we have set up and revived under the Industrial Development Corporation, for example, have created 14,000 jobs since 2017, with a projection to create 35,000 jobs by 2025,” he added.President Lungue further pointed out that last year in August, he launched the K470 million Multi Sectoral Youth Empowerment Programme which would benefit 150,000 of our young people.
President Lungu’s early morning post according to him was in response to a post by Agnes Mumba-Wilkins who in the comment section of the presidential page raised concerns about the high-cost of living and relatively poverty levels amongst some of “our communities”.
The Head of State explained that a young lady, Wendy Mwansa, from Chililabombwe, talked about the lack of employment especially among young people. “As for the new school in Milenge that you commented on, Agness, well, education may not be the ultimate solution to every problem, and may even seem less important when placed against other seemingly more pressing issues like putting bread on the table, but it still lays the strongest foundation not only in the life of an individual, but of a nation as a whole,” the President explained.
“We must not narrow our focus to our present situation, but have a far broader perspective and see what is possible in future. We must be prepared for that future when it comes,” he added.President Lungu explained that building a school in a rural area to educate a young girl can never be “a missed call” as she put it. “It is an investment in the future,” he said.
“Let us continue to share the good works done by our government and let your family and friends embrace the positive change we have brought,” he urged. “Agnes and Wendy, these and other serious issues are what preoccupy me as your President.
Unlike my friends in the Opposition, I do not have the luxury of making irresponsible statements or promising quick-fix solutions, to some of the challenges we face,”
said President Lungu.