President Edgar Lungu says the construction of some infrastructure in the country should not be allowed to continue.
The Head of State says this is because some infrastructure leaves much to be desired.
The President says it is saddening that the country has taken a casual approach to the kind of infrastructure being put up.
President Lungu has challenged Zambia’s engineers to up their game by ensuring that at planning and designing stage, they take into consideration factors which will make infrastructure sustainable.
The Head of State says failure to do so will lead to the country wasting colossal sums of money on poor structures.
President Lungu was speaking when he officially opened the 2017 Housing and Infrastructure Symposium in Lusaka this morning under the theme “towards a smart and resilient infrastructure”.
The Head of State added that in order for the country to attain a smart and resilient infrastructure there is need for drastic change in the way things are being done and adopt a smart and sustainable approach.
He has called on technocrats to find creative and innovative strategies and embrace technologies that will enable Zambia put in place infrastructure that will withstand effects of climate change.
The President added that Government is taking into account issues of sustainable environmental management and impacts of climate change because they are cardinal in the pursuant of housing and infrastructure development.
The Head of State says the success of the symposium will not lie in the number of presentations that will be made or the amount of talking by delegates but by sound resolutions that will be followed by practical steps.
Meanwhile, Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela says the 2017 Housing and Infrastructure Symposium being held in Lusaka will show case government’s resolve to upgrade infrastructure in the country.
Mr. Chitotela says government is taking steps in road construction but it wants the sector to move in tandem in the housing sector.
And Standbic Bank Zambia Chief Executive officer Charles Mudiwa says the bank stands ready to partner with government to improve the infrastructure sector.
Mr Mudiwa says the bank shares government’s vision and it is working at enhancing Small and Medium Enterprises development through provision of financial assistance.
He has also called on SMEs in the country to diversify and maximize the opportunities that lie in the infrastructure and construction sector.