Sakeni: PF has scored landmarks and will create 1 million jobs by 2015

Government says it has scored landmark achievements in various sectors during the 10 months the Patriotic Front (PF) has been in office.

And Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has disclosed that over 1 million jobs will be created for unemployed youths by the year 2015.

ZANIS reports that speaking in an interview at his office today, Mr. Sakeni said the PF government came into office on the premise of improving people’s lives after 20 years of social and economic stagnation and deprivation under the previous regime.

The Minister said his government has so far made strides in improving key sectors of the economy and will continue to work hard to ensure that the country regains by not tolerating corruption in the issuance of tenders and contracts.

Mr. Sakeni who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister said government will soon invite tenders for the digital television migration project which he assured will be done transparently to ensure that government resources do not go to waste.

And commenting on the public media, the Minister revealed that he is seeking cabinet approval to recapitalise all public media houses to ensure that they operate profitably.

He noted that currently some public media such as the Times of Zambia has serious financial challenges that it could not even afford to pay its workers’ salaries or retrenchment benefits which it owes.

Mr. Sakeni called on all Zambians to work hard and supplement government’s efforts in creating more jobs for its citizens.

He said in order for government to create 1 million jobs, there is need for the people in the private sector to increase production and for farmers to diversify their crops from maize to others.

And on the draft constitution, Mr. Sakeni said his government will ensure that the country hold its 2016 general elections under a new constitution.

He said government will not rush but take its time to ensure that all submissions from stakeholders are taken into consideration.

Meanwhile government has engaged OpSec Limited, a company in the United Kingdom for the supply of holograms which will be fixed on all audiovisual works in a bid to step the fight against piracy.

Information Minister Kennedy Sakeni disclosed that his Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga is in New Castle in the UK to sign a contract between government and OpSec to supply the gadget which will enable law enforcers and the public distinguish original from pirated copies.

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