NIGERIAN based Harvest Group of Companies Limited has started the establishment and operationalisation process of 40 filling stations in Zambia.
The Group’s Chairperson Ugo Ikoro-Ngadi said of the 40, 10 filling stations had been commissioned for operations.
Speaking during a gala night to mark the commissioning of Harvest Filling Stations in Lusaka on Saturday, Mr. Ikoro-Ngadi said the investment was supported by Zambia’s conducive environment for investments.
“With about 40 filling stations due for commissioning by year-end and hundreds of locals taken off the unemployment queue, our story of impact is one that is visible with footprints,” Mr Ikoro-Ngedi said.
At the same occasion, Energy Minister Peter Kapala said the investment by the group was a sign of investor confidence in the country’s economy and President Hakainde Hichilema’s leadership.
“Today, we see the unmistakable result of the confluence of a homegrown endeavour and an enabling socio-economic environment, a progressively increasing trend in Zambia,” Mr. Kapala said.
He commended Harvest for the milestone, an investment initiative that would create employment, bring about capacity development, knowledge transfer, infrastructure development, environmental sustainability, and empowerment of people and communities.
Mr. Kapala also commended the company for implementing an effective Community and Social Responsibility Programme, to contribute to the betterment of lives and communities in the areas where it would operate.