PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says while Luapula Province is blessed with so much water and good climate, little has been done to exploit that resource.
He was speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of an international convention centre in Samfya district, Luapula Province, today.
The international convention centre is a brainchild of the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board, under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
Fittingly, the President extolled Samfya as a beautiful district, embellished with amazing water bodies that have largely supported people’s way of life.
President Lungu said each time he visited Samfya, he was reminded of the need to do more to such areas, as a way of attracting businesses, especially tourists to that part of Zamia.
He is elated that the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) had taken the initiative to invest in the hospitality industry in Samfya.
He added that such was congruent with his government’s programme of extending tourism to all parts of the country.
“Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to witness the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Samfya International Convention Centre, which is a result of the Board’s prudent investment decisions,” President Lungu said.
“Government recognises development projects aimed at stimulating the economy. The best way to do this must be to utilise the natural resource that each province is endowed with.”
President Lungu noted that it could not be disputed that Luapula Province was blessed with so much water and good climate, “yet little in terms of harnessing this resource has been done.”
He indicated that he desires to leave a legacy in Luapula of a President who helped to transform that province’s economy.
“I love Luapula Province because you, the people of Luapula also love me,” President Lungu said.
“….it is here in Samfya where you see the great expanse of the gigantic Lake Bangweulu; the scenic Bangweulu wetlands and its exotic birds and aquatic animals, and not forgetting different species of fish.”
He continued: “it is here in Samfya where you experience the warmth of the marvelous Samfya beach.”
“It is here in Luapula Province where you find the Nchelenge beach, the beautiful shores of Lake Mweru, the Luapula River and its pretty rapids called Mambilima falls and Mambatuta falls. Not forgetting the Ntumbachushi falls and the Chilongo waterfalls,” President Lungu noted.
The President further said unlike the famous mighty Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Southern Province, many of those “exciting” waterfalls in Luapula Province were difficult to access.
He noted that inaccessibility deprived would-be tourists the opportunity to see such waterfalls.
“We, therefore, need to open them up to the public and market them, the way I am doing today. It is here in Luapula Province where you find the Lunsenga Plain National Park and its restocked wild animals,” he said.
“Luapula also has a variety of [traditional] ceremonies, among them the famous Umutomboko ceremony, the Malaila ceremony, the Musubilwa Mpemba ceremony, Ubwilile traditional ceremony, Kwanga cultural ceremony, Shila Mabila ceremony, and the Chabuka ceremony.”
President Lungu explained that investments like the development of an international convention centre in Samfya district by the WCFCB would not only revitalise the local economy, “but will also mirror government’s aspirations to foster development in Luapula Province.”
He pointed out that development projects, like the earmarked Samfya International Convention Centre would not only return to the people the fruits of their labour, but will also attend to their commercial needs.
The President believes that the Samfya International Convention Centre would be a fine example of the transformative power of investments in the northern circuit by a social security.
“I, therefore, wish to urge the developers of this project to ensure that it is concluded within the agreed timeframe to afford our people and visitors an opportunity to utilise the facilities,” noted President Lungu.