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Illegal fuel trade costs Zambia U.S. $81 million dollars per year

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia loses about 81 million U.S. dollars per year through rampant illegal dumping and adulteration of fuel on the market, the country’s energy regulator said on Tuesday.

Langiwe Lungu, executive director of the Energy Regulation Board (ERB), said a fuel marking program introduced in February this year has revealed that there has been rampant illegal fuel dumping or adulteration in Zambia, resulting in the country losing millions of money in revenue.

“Having sufficiently penetrated the market with the fuel marking program since February 2018, the ERB is now embarking on enforcement action as a matter of urgency, particularly in the North to South corridor where the vice is rampant,” she said.

The regulator, she said, shall not only take enforcement action but also conduct continuous prompt sampling and testing of fuels at all filing stations, bulk storage facilities belonging to Oil Marketing Companies and all other bulk storage and retail facilities.

According to her, it was necessary to ensure that the quality of fuel in Zambia was guaranteed and that maximum revenue was realized from the fuel sales.

Further, all those conducting illegal activities in the petroleum subsector are hereby warned that the ERB working with other relevant law enforcement agencies will deal sternly with the perpetrators, she added.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Zambia and World Bank partner to construct 82 secondary schools

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The World Bank on Monday announced that it has partnered with the Zambian government for a project that will see the construction of 82 secondary schools.

The schools will be constructed at a cost of 62 million U.S. dollars under a project called Zambia Education Enhancement Project (ZEEP) in seven of the southern African nation’s 10 provinces.

Nalin Jena, World Bank Senior Education Specialist, said the bank wanted to see enhanced quality of education delivery specially in mathematics and science.

In remarks delivered when he led a delegation from the World Bank to the Ministry of General Education, the World Bank official said the bank will assist the ministry in improving its data storage system as the current one was inefficient.

According to him, human development was a key strategic pillar in the socio-economic development of any country, adding that the project was also meant to assist the country realize its strategic goals of the human development pillar in its Seventh National Development Plan.

Henry Tukombe, Ministry of General Education Permanent Secretary in charge of education services, said the quality of education was expected to improve with the implementation of the project which will also see 764 teachers trained.

Felix Phiri, Ministry of General Education in charge of administration, commended the World Bank for the support to the education sector, saying it resonates with the government’s desire to take education to all parts of the country.

According to him, the project was in line with government’s agenda of becoming a middle-income country by 2030, adding that the ministry will achieve a number of its goals through the project.

He has since assured the World Bank of prudent utilization of the funds for the project which will come to an end in 2022. 

           

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