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Ndola March 03, 2008 ZANIS - Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the reduction and eventual eradication of poverty in the Country.

ZANIS Ndola reports that Copperbelt Provincial Minister Mwansa Mbulakulima said this when he officially flagged off the fleet of operational vehicles procured by Zamtel at a cost of K3.4 billion for all its provincial centres countrywide.

Mr Mbulakulima said it was the policy of government to empower every sector in terms of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

"It is governments policy to empower every sector in terms of ICTs. We are in an age that is globally called the information age, and the most effective way to guarantee upward progress is by exploiting the Internet," he said.

The Minister said the procurement of the vehicles was aimed at taking ICTs closer to the people and cautioned management at Zamtel to ensure that care is given to the vehicles so that they could last long and give the company maximum benefit.

And speaking earlier, Zamtel Managing Director Simon Tembo said the fleet of operational vehicles that his company had procured was to improve its operations and to enhance its service delivery.

He said a reliable fleet of vehicles was critical to the efficient operations of his company's network and provision of satisfactory service to customers.

Meanwhile, Mr Tembo announced that the installation of the Lusaka Metropolitan Optic Fibre Cable would be completed in two weeks time.

He said the Lusaka Metropolitan Optic Fibre will provide corporate companies, business houses, the University of Zambia, the University Teaching Hospital, Government Ministries, embassies and many other institutions with the much needed broadband connectivity for broadband services.

The company has bought a total of 14 trucks for operational purposes for all their provincial centres in the country.

ZANSIS/ENDS/PC/SC


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