Government’s vast and ambitious development agenda objective of transforming Zambia requires huge resources, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has said.
He said this yesterday in Choma when he officiated at the commissioning of housing units for staff of the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA).
Mr Chikwanda said the construction of the houses for ZRA was essentially a continuation of the PF Government’s development agenda.
“Government is appreciative and grateful for the sterling services rendered by staff at all levels of the long chain of ZRA,” he said.
Mr Chikwanda urged ZRA to build on its ‘‘enormous and good record’’ by continuing to innovate existing processes in order to enhance revenue collection, resulting into continued growth.
He said the five years of the PF in Government had ushered in a high level of development programmes and Southern Province was no exception.
“The Southern Province has had a fair share of this development cake. Government will continue accelerating its investment programmes in this province which is one of the most promising areas of our country,”Mr Chikwanda said.
He said the province had good arable land and animals with a correct work culture from small, medium and large scale farmers.
The 3×2 semi-detached housing units are valued at K2.91 million. Mr Chikwanda said the staff deployed had a monumental task to stay in conducive environment for them to perform to their fullest potential.
During his visit to Choma, the minister also toured newly-built housing units for civil servants and the provincial administration offices under construction.
ZRA commissioner general Berlin Msiska said the housing project was in line with ZRAs strategic objective of improving operational efficiency and productivity of the workforce through provision of accommodation.
He said the building of the staff houses would in a long way ease the poor accommodation challenges staff had been facing.
Mr Msiska said the Choma office was one of the domestic tax offices in the Southern Province. “The office manages small and medium tax payers in the province from Mazabuka to Sesheke in Western Province,” he said.
ZRA board member Mwila Lumbwe urged staff to ensure they reciprocated the gesture by doubling their efforts at revenue collection