PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says the journey which the Patriotic Front (PF) government embarked on in 2011 of infrastructure development has yielded incredible results.
Speaking when he commissioned the K15.5 million Zambia Air Force (ZAF) hospital outpatient department and Lusaka base new hangar, President Lungu said in 2011, when the PF government came into power, it resolved to prioritise infrastructure development.
“This is why you see vigorous infrastructure development across the country. This decision was made against a background that there can be no sustainable development without a strong foundation of infrastructure,” President Lungu said.
He said the Patriotic Front set out its goals which were realistic and achievable to make Zambia a better place for all.
President Lungu said he was humbled to know that the Zambian people were able to see and point at the various projects that the PF government had promised to deliver and had since delivered.
“Any nation that aspires to foster development and improve the lives of its citizens does so on the basis of good roads, hospitals, schools, bridges, airports and many others. That is why we, in the PF government, are investing massively in infrastructure development,” he said.
President Lungu said his Government would continue to pursue infrastructure development, adding that it would not only transform the general outlook of the nation but it would also significantly contribute to the country’s socio-economic outlook.
The Head of State said with infrastructure, the country was guaranteed of jobs, farmers were assured transporting their produce to the markets, and mobility of the people among others, was also guaranteed.
“Today, I am equally delighted that ZAF is moving in line with the Government’s national development agenda. The new Zambia Air Force Lusaka air base hangar which I officially opened earlier is commendable.”
President Lungu said it was a clear demonstration of his Government’s commitment to developing and modernising infrastructure in the country.
“In the last few years of our mandate, significant efforts have been made to improve the quality of our health services. ,” President Lungu said.
Meanwhile, ZAF Commander Lieutenant General Eric Chimese commended Government for modernising the Zambia Air Force. General Chimese said the facility would have a bed capacity of 220.