Govt empowers Mporokoso, Ludanzi districts with trade institutions worth K94.96 million


In a bid to enhance technical skills for its citizens in Mporokoso and Lundazi districts, the government has constructed two trade institutions, one in each district, at a total cost of K94,960,615.13.

The Minister of Technology and Science, Felix Mutati, stated that the Mporokoso Trades Training Institute was built at a cost of K60,177,303.35, while the cost for the Lundazi Trades Training Institute was K34,783,311.78.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday, Mutati added that each institute was expected to have a total enrollment of 400 students.

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“At both institutes, the Government will offer skills training that borders on skills that provide both livelihood survival as well as societal development programs,” he added.

He further mentioned that the institutes would provide skills to support the livelihoods of youths and women in the catchment area of Eastern Province and other provinces across the country.

“This is part of the wider government objectives of providing skills to the people of Zambia and ensuring meeting skills for national development that covers the objectives of the 8NDP embracing mining, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing,” he mentioned.

He said the government was yet to operationalise and commission the Institutes.

“Apart from metal fabrication, bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, the two trade schools will also offer courses which will help in the fight against climate change, Agriculture, agroforestry and textile technology,” Mutati stated.

Additionally, he pointed out that Lundazi would have an extra course in gemstone identification and processing.

“We are now in the process of procuring equipment and other training tools for the two trade schools ahead of their official opening at the end of June 2024, and we have also built the two facilities with features that allow people living with disabilities to have easy access and learn without challenges,” he said.

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