MINISTER of Higher Education Michael Kaingu says construction of King Lewanika University at a cost of K200 million will start next week.
Speaking during, at Munkuye Secondary School in Nkeyema, Dr Kaingu said President Lungu is expected to lay a foundation stone before the project starts.
He said funds have been allocated towards the construction of the university and that a contractor is already on site.
“Government will ensure it fulfils its promise of constructing a university in each province,” he said.
Dr Kaingu also said Government would provide enough learning institutions through construction and upgrading of secondary schools.
He appealed to parents to allow their children to attend school.
“As Government fights early marriage, it has been observed that boys also stay away from school to herd cattle, which should not be the case,” he said.
Dr Kaingu, who also paid a courtesy call on Nkeyema district commissioner Albetina Mwanamwalye, was briefed on several development projects taking place in the district.
Ms Mwanamwalye, however, expressed concern over some local contractors that are delaying progression of development projects.
But Dr Kaingu said it is disappointing that local contractors have continued giving problems despite Government’s effort to empower them.
“Local contractors should pull their socks following a deliberate policy Government has put in place to empower them with projects,” Mr Kaingu said.
Meanwhile, Dr Kaingu, who is accompanied by Western Province Minister Poniso Njeulu, is expected to meet with heads of department, government officials and Patriotic Front officials in Kaoma this afternoon.