Zambia Celebrates World Habitat Day
GOVERNMENT, with support from the United Nations Habitat, is currently formulating a national urban policy that will guide urban development. Local Government and Housing Minister Emerine Kabanshi, MP said that the policy would include urban mobility and infrastructure development. She said this during the commemoration of the United Nations World Habitat Day held at Chawama grounds in Lusaka that the government was also in the process of implementing the slum upgrading strategy. “My ministry is also in the process of implementing the slum upgrading strategy to facilitate provision of basic services such as roads, water supply, sanitation, markets, bus stations and recreational facilities,” she said. Ms Kabanshi said the high rate of urbanisation had brought with it an influx of motor vehicles in cities causing traffic, congestion and pollution.
Government committed to engaging Universities in Development
Government says government it is committed to engaging Universities in the country’s development agenda. Local Government and Housing Minister Hon. Emerine Kabanshi, MP said this when the ministry awarded Copperbelt University (CBU), architecture students under the School of Built Environment who completed the concept designs competition for basic Municipal infrastructure for the newly created districts in the Country.
Hon. Minister hands over Fire Tenders
Local Government and Housing Minister Emerine Kabanshi said the massive investments being undertaken in Livingstone are a direct response to the policy direction given by President Michael Sata to revamp fire and rescue services. Ms Kabanshi said the investments marked the beginning of rebuilding the fire and rescue industry which had been neglected for a long time. “Apart from investing in equipment and infrastructure, we are also building the capacity of our fire fighters through training and exposure to modern equipment for fire fighting and rescue services,”she said.