By CLOZZEN BIKALE
President Hakainde Hichilema is today expected in Northwestern province on a two day working visit where he will officiate at two projects in Kalumbila and Mwinilunga districts.
The President is expected to officiate at the ground breaking of a nickel mine in Kalumbila district on today and also commission a fruit processing plant in Mwinilunga district on Wednesday July 27, 2022.
North-western Provincial Minister, Robert Lihefu has confirmed the development during a media briefing in Solwezi yesterday.
“The President will arrive in Kalumbila on today to the groundbreaking ceremony of the Enterprise Nickel mine, thereafter he will proceed to commission the Kalene hills fruit processing plant in Mwinilunga district on Wednesday, 27, July 2022,” he said.
Mr Lihefu said the two projects are important to the province as they will provide job and wealth creation opportunities for the local people.
He said the pineapple farmers will now have an opportunity to be part of the value addition chain that will feed the fruit processing plant while the nickel mine will also provide business opportunities for the local contractors.
“As you may be aware, the growth in any production increases wealth in the country and ends poverty while on the other hand our people will have jobs and supply chain opportunities,” he said.
He said local contractors and farmers will be given priority when it comes to supply opportunities at the nickel mine and the fruit processing plant.