Chiefs vital in development-PS
CHIEFS and traditional leaders are anchors for development, says Copperbelt Permanent Secretary, Bright Nundwe.
Mr. Nundwe says involving Chiefs in developmental projects was key to promoting the Copperbelt Province.
Speaking in an interview in Ndola at the Provincial Offices at the weekend, Mr. Nundwe said government formed the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs which entailed that it held traditional leaders in high regard.
“So far, government on the Copperbelt is doing very well when it comes to working with traditional leaders.
“As Provincial administration ranging from the Provincial Minister, the PS, and all the senior government officials, we know the value of working with Chiefs in the Province,” he said.
“I want to therefore, advise the civil servants on the importance of paying homage to Chiefs and get complaints as well as be advised in terms of development on what they are looking for.
“Civil servants should take it upon themselves to inquire from the Chiefs what their priorities are and find out what is required in that area, be it a school, bridge, clinic, water source or hospital,” Mr. Nundwe advised.
He confirmed his meeting with Chief Nkana of the Lamba speaking people in Lufwanyama District recently, who expressed happiness to government’s dedication to its people as well as presented the challenges that his chiefdom was facing.