WORKS and Supply Minister Yamfwa Mukanga has asked contractors working on the new terminal building at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone to complete their works by the first week of next month.
Mr Mukanga, who was impressed with the works done so far when he inspected the premises on Tuesday, said there was need for contractors to complete the project by November 7, 2015 after which the facility would be commissioned.
This was after contractors assured the Minister that the works would be completed by the end of this month (October 2015).
In 2010, the Government started constructing a new terminal building in Zambia’s Tourist Capital.
The facility was opened for use in August 2013 before it was fully completed ahead of the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly which was co-hosted by Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe.
“We need to finish this job soon and please ensure to be done with the project by the first week of November.
“I have inspected the works and have seen that only few works are yet to be done,” Mr Mukanga said.
He however urged contractors not to compromise with quality as they do the final touches to the project.
“Let ensure to have high quality as real works are expensive. We are expecting the lifts to be installed and the lounges to be available.
“This is a very good piece of infrastructure as it matches with modern airport terminals across the globe. We want to give satisfaction to clients. The Patriotic Front (PF) Government is all about giving satisfaction to citizens,” Mr Mukanga said.
He said he was not happy with delays in contracts as that meant more money had to be spent while contractors had to claim interest from Government.
He also said the Government would review the recently hiked road tax, licences and other traffic fees after people’s cries.
“Cabinet has given us chance to review. We will review the charges and decide on how to proceed whether to increase and maintain old fees,” Mr Mukanga said.