Patriotic Front (PF) Matero Member of Parliament (MP) Faustina Sinyangwe has bemoaned the non-implementation of the National Child Policy (NCP) by government.
Mrs. Sinyangwe says the Policy is just on paper because the Ministry of sport, Youth and Child Development has abandoned it.
The parliamentarian says if the policy was embodied in the republican constitution it would compel government to adhere to it unlike the current situation where children lack necessary values in society.
She said there are still high levels of child related challenges in the country such as child poverty, child health and nutrition, education, child labour and sexual exploitation, child alcohol and drug abuse among others which government needs to address.
Mrs. Sinyangwe, who is also an educationist, was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
The MP said parents were doing enough to raise their children at the early childhood stage but they are frustrated by government which is not adequately addressing to the challenges faced by children.
Mrs. Sinyangwe who is also an educationist said there is need to invest more in children by implementing what is stipulated in the NCP in order to improve the welfare facing the children.
In 1994, Government formulated and approved the NCP that focuses on improving the living conditions of Zambian children in ensuring that programmes of economic development and social mobilization directly addresses the needs of children.
The various social economic challenges the country has under gone in recent years has seen the average Zambian child to continue existing under extreme hardships with most of them not accessing health, education and recreation services, which are all dictated by the United Nations Assembly.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Sinyangwe is happy that government has started rehabilitating the Zingalume road . She hoped that Chingwere and Matero-Salima road would also be attended too after the completing the Zingalume M-8 roads.
She disclosed that the road rehabilitation is expected to cost K12 billion.
She commended President Rupiah Banda for hearing her plea to repair the three major roads in Matero Constituency.
And Mrs. Sinyangwe has further hailed the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company for improving the water reticulation system following a K75 million injection pumped by government.
She said people in Madimba area never had proper toilets and piped water but government has since arrested the situation to the delight of Mrs. Sinyangwe.