COPPERBELT Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe says he doesn’t want to see any civil servant derailing the programmes of the UPND government.

In an interview, Nundwe advised civil servants to work hard and execute the programmes, policies and the agenda of the UPND.

“I don’t want to see any civil servant derail programmes of the government of the day. We need them to work hard every day and execute the programmes, the policies and the agenda of the UPND Party. The tone from His Excellency the President, Hakainde Hichilema was very clear that he wants to see civil servants that are hardworking, that are dedicated to duty, devoted to duty and that are faithful. That is the message we are taking around. My piece of advice to the civil servants, there must be no gap in any institution. I have advised all the parastatals whether it is Zesco, ZRA, NAPSA, we need to support the minister (Elisha Matambo) so that we make his work easier. So far, we are ready to make sure that we promote all the programmes,” Nundwe said.

“Our responsibility as civil servants is to make sure that we execute all the programmes of the day. We are ready to work with the minister. When anyone disrespects the appointed person that means you are disrespecting the President. There will be no sabotage of any government programme, no. We want programmes of the government to flourish. We want Copperbelt to see the highest level of development.”

And Nundwe said he would work with the Copperbelt Provincial Minister Elisha Matambo to complete pending projects and improve the agricultural sector in the province.

“We want to make sure that all the programmes that are still pending, those that are at 80 percent and above, we need to make sure that all the projects are completed. We will also be looking at the township roads to be completed. In terms of agriculture, Copperbelt fared very well in the 2020/2021 farming season, we were number four in terms of maize production. We were also at number one for sweet potatoes and we were number two in [terms of] soya beans. We want the people, our farmers on the Copperbelt to continue the same trend. We want to record another bumper harvest in the 2021/2022 farming season. We want to ensure that all the borders are secured, we don’t want anything to cross anywhere illegally. I have advised the security wings to make sure that all our three borders are well managed. Those are our priority areas,” said Nundwe.