DC warns firms against em­ploy­ing for­eign­ers

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Kopala News - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

NDOLA District Com­mis­sioner (DC) Canon Ge­orge Chisulo has ex­pressed con­cern over for­eign com­pa­nies em­ploy­ing for­eign na­tion­als at the ex­pense of lo­cals in the city

Canon Chisulo said he had re­ceived re­ports on for­eign com­pa­nies es­pe­cially those owned by So­ma­lis and Tan­za­nian transporters of em­ploy­ing their na­tion­als as truck driv­ers.

He was speak­ing in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day.

Canon Chisulo said the act was very dis­pleas­ing es­pe­cially that there were a good num­ber of Zam­bians qual­i­fied for the jobs.

“It is very dis­pleas­ing to note that a good num­ber of for­eign com­pa­nies have opted to em­ploy their own na­tion­als at the ex­pense of the lo­cals in the coun­try de­spite hav­ing a good num­ber of them who are highly qual­i­fied for the jobs,” he said.

He said jobs that could be done by Zam­bians must to be given to the lo­cals as the coun­try wanted to em­power its peo­ple with em­ploy­ment which would in turn lower un­em­ploy­ment lev­els.

Canon Chisulo said he would con­duct in­spec­tions on some com­pa­nies to see how many for­eign­ers had been em­ployed with jobs that could be done by the lo­cals.

Mean­while, the DC said Gov­ern­ment would con­tinue em­pow­er­ing farm­ers with live­stock.

So far, he said, 40 goats were de­liv­ered to farm­ers on Mon­day this week un­der the pass-on-the-gift pro­gramme.

He said Gov­ern­ment would en­sure that the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme achieved its pur­pose, es­pe­cially that there was a goat- ex­port deal with Saudi Ara­bia.

It is very dis­pleas­ing to note that a good num­ber of for­eign com­pa­nies have opted to em­ploy their own na­tion­als at the ex­pense of the lo­cals in the coun­try de­spite hav­ing a good num­ber of them who are highly qual­i­fied for the jobs

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