PRESIDENT Michael Sata has directed Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge to ensure that the road from Mpongwe turn off to Ibenga Mission is tarred.
Mr Sata said he was not impressed with the current poor state of the road which leads to St Theresa Catholic Church, Ibenga Girls Secondary School and Ibenga Mission Hospital.
He said Mr Musenge should ensure that the road infrastructure was upgraded to modern standards and that the next time he would visit the parish, he should find the road tarred.
"The next time I come here, I should find this road properly tarred," Mr Sata said.
President Sata was speaking in Mpongwe yesterday when he attended mass at St Theresa Catholic Parish along with Vice-President Guy Scott, Patriotic Front (PF) Mpongwe candidate Gabriel Namulambe and other parishioners.
Others who attended mass were Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba, Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Emmanuel Chenda, Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili, and Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Ephron Lungu.
Others were Community Development Deputy Minister Jean Kapata, Home Affairs Deputy Minister Stephen Kampyongo, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations George Chellah and National Revolution Party leader Cosmo Mumba.
President Sata urged the ministers to interact more often with the Catholic priests and sisters at the mission to understand their challenges.
"Let's help because they are sacrificing a lot and you need to interact with them and work together," Mr Sata said.
The Head of State pledged to continue working closely with both Ibenga Mission Hospital and Ibenga Girls Secondary School saying the two institutions were offering commendable services to the locals.
Mr Sata said Government would source more vehicles for the hospital to ease transportation problems.
He said the priests and Church at large could only offer proper guidance if the ministers also respected their views.
Meanwhile, St Theresa Catholic Church Priest, Fr Bonaventure Mpasa, said there was need for leaders to unite in Christ so that they could govern the country based on his Christian principles.
Shortly after the church service, President Sata and his entourage paid a courtesy call on Chieftainess Malembeka of the Lamba-speaking people.