Education Deputy Minister Sydney Mushanga has directed Covec Construction Company constructing a K45 million Michael Chilufya Sata girls boarding school in Isoka District of Muchinga Province to immediately suspend the works until a new source of crashed stones is found.
Mr. Mushanga who was accompanied by Provincial Education Officer (PEO) Ruth Zulu, District Commissioner Major Joe Siwila and engineers from the PEOs office, said government is spending a lot of money on projects and wants to see the value of money being spent through quality work.
The visibly annoyed Deputy Minister who visited the construction site yesterday in Kantensha area said works at Michael Chilufya Sata girl’s boarding school will only resume after the contractor has found proper crashed stones.
He also directed engineers from the PEO’s office in Chinsali to ensure that they follow up the matter to see to it that the contractor complies with the project specifications.
At Chibale Boarding School in Chama District, the Deputy Minister was equally disappointed with the poor workmanship on the K45 million project which has resulted into the demolition of 15 staff houses whose construction had reached window level.
Mr. Mushanga said it is important that the contractor, Kegon construction has agreed to bear the cost of demolishing and reconstructing the structures which have been condemned.
He also expressed disappointment over the unnecessary delays on the project saying it is disappointing to see a project that commenced in 2013 only covering about 3 percent of total works in two year.
The Deputy Minister has however, assured the people of Chibale that the project will now move fast with the coming on board of a Chinese contractor Zambian Ferrous Construction Company who has partnered with the Zambian contractor, Kegon to construct the Chibale boarding secondary school.
He also appealed to the new joint management team to ensure that they procure all the needed materials for the project and ensure that they deliver them to the site before the onset of the rains as Chibale road becomes impassable during the rainy season.
Mr. Mushanga added that government will also do its best to ensure that money for the Chibale project is given first priority and released on time in order for the project to move fast.
He said the nearest secondary school for the people of Chibale is 75 km in Isoka and school going children cannot continue suffering hence government commitment to ensure that the project is successfully completed in the shortest possible time.