GOVERNMENT has launched the first ever technical audit on various roads in an initiative aimed at enhancing transparency in the road sector. The project will cost K1.5 million.
Scott Wilson Piesold Zambia Limited won the tender to carry out the technical audit for a period of three months.
Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Felix Nkulukusa said the consultancy service, which will be monitored by the National Road Fund Agency (NRFA), will also offer checks and balances in the sector.
“This technical audit which we are launching today will change the face of the road sector as it will take to task contractors who offer shoddy works,” he said.
Mr Nkulukusa was speaking yesterday at a press briefing in Lusaka, where the technical audit was launched.
He said contractors who will be found wanting by not adhering to the contract will be taken to task so that others are deterred.
Mr Nkulukusa said that the results of the audit will in a way help improve the way road contracts are implemented.
NRFA director and chief executive officer Antony Mwanaumo said the overall objective of the technical audit is to verify that resources have been used efficiently, transparently and economically.
Dr Mwanaumo said this is also meant to ascertain value for money in the road sector.
He said the technical audit includes detailed evaluation of various projects which are on-going, under defects liability period and completed ones.