Min­ing firm sup­ple­ment­ing state ef­forts on de­vel­op­ment agenda

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NORTH-WEST NEWS - By JACK­SON MAPAPAYI

KALUM­BILA Min­er­als Lim­ited says it will en­sure that it com­ple­ments gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in de­vel­op­ing com­mu­ni­ties by work­ing with tra­di­tional and com­mu­nity lead­ers through its Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­grams.

He was speek­ing in a speech read for him by Kalum­bila Min­er­als Lim­ited Pub­lic Re­la­tions Co­or­di­na­tor Miriam Har­mon.

The min­ing firm’s Tri­dent Foun­da­tion man­ager, Garth Lappe­man, stated that since the com­mence­ment of its op­er­a­tions, it has sup­ported the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor in the area of in­fra­struc­ture up­grade.

He said the min­ing com­pany de­lights in work­ing with Gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers as a way of con­tribut­ing to na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

He dis­closed that the com­pany has worked closely with the Dis­trict Ed­u­ca­tion Board Sec­re­tary’s of­fice in en­sur­ing that it es­tab­lishes new schools, put up ad­di­tional school in­fra­struc­ture, staff houses as well as VIP toi­lets.

‘’We are proud to hand over the other pieces of in­fra­struc­ture to Ji­wundu Board­ing School as an­other con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

He was speak­ing yesterday dur­ing the han­dover of the newly con­structed kitchen, din­ing hall and re­fur­bished and wall fenced girls dor­mi­to­ries worth K440, 000.

‘’Dur­ing that tour, there was no­tice­able need to con­struct a kitchen with an ex­ten­sion of a din­ing hall, ad­di­tional toi­lets and more im­por­tantly fenc­ing of the girls dor­mi­tory to safe guard the stu­dents,’’ he said.

He urged the school man­age­ment and pupils to safe­guard the fa­cil­ity and put it to good use.

‘’Fur­ther, I wish to urge par­ents to en­cour­age chil­dren es­pe­cially the girl child to con­cen­trate on school,’’ he added.

And grac­ing the event, North West­ern Prov­ince act­ing pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer, Boni­face Kanema, ac­knowl­edged the vast ef­forts by the min­ing firm in help­ing the com­mu­nity to ease their chal­lenges.

‘’Our learn­ers will be able to sleep in a very con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment. And for that we say thank you to Kalum­bila Min­er­als Lim­ited for the ges­ture,’’ he said. And school Par­ent’s, Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son Christo­pher Min­gochi thanked the min­ing firm for the at­ten­tion and sup­port it has con­tin­ued to give to the school.

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