Non-governmental (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSO) should work with Government in alleviating poverty and other vices in societies, says Solwezi acting district commissioner Chipawa Chipawa.
Mr Chipawa said civil society leaders and citizens should unite as a district and country at large in marching together to facilitate the much needed development.
He said Government’s plea was to see a situation where NGOs worked hand in hand with Government in initiating and improving programmes aimed at uplifting people’s lives.
“I urge you as CSOs and NGOs not only to criticize Government but to be partners in facilitating development by addressing some of the social and economic hardships people are facing” he said.
Mr Chipawa sais civil societies can play an active role in educating the people on best farming practices that enable people to fully utilize their land and contribute to the national economy.
“The district is blessed with fertile soils and rainfall and people should no longer sit back and watch from a distance and expect solutions to come from out side the community” He said.
Mr Chipawa was speaking during an interactive meeting with NGO’S and CSO’s held at Saint Jude hall at the catholic diocese in solwezi.
The Acting DC noted that all district heads of government departments and parastatals inclusive of the local authority will be directed to closely work with NGOS’s and CSO’s in the district to foster a better Solwezi.
And Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) Provincial Coordinator Peter Kabaso said there is need for NGO’s and CSO’s to work with his department to help various communities in the district.
Mr Kabaso said with the various challenges in the province and the country at large stakeholders need to hold hands and work together.
“The province just like the entire southern region is facing challenges such as droughts and hunger hence the need for all to come together” he said.