Government says the tendency by local contractors to perform sub-standard works should come to an end.
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Ronald Chitotela says government is keen to see local contractors flourish in the construction industry but unfortunately some have failed to perform to expected standards.
Mr Chitotela states that the construction industry plays a fundamental role in the development of the country’s economy hence the reason government through the National Council for Construction (NCC) has embarked on a vigorous capacity building of contractors through the construction school.
ZANIS reports that the minister said this in a speech read for him by his Permanent Secretary Charles Mushota during the 8th combined graduation ceremony for national Council for construction (NCC)-Construction School in Lusaka, today.
He further said government will ensure increased access to training by rolling out NCC programmes to all provincial centers.
The minister has since urged all departments and agencies involved in infrastructure development to ensure that sustainable project packaging is implemented.
He said government is in a hurry to get more local contractors in the higher grades of NCC” Contractor Registration Grading Scheme because it is the only way to ensure meaningful participation of local contractors in infrastructure development in the country.
Mr. Chitotela further said it is government’s priority that that Zambians are in the driving seat of the construction sector despite foreign partners being brought on board.
And NCC Executive director, Matthew Ngulube said the 314 grandaunts have undergone training in various TEVETA approved skills at the NCC Construction School from June last year to June this year.
Mr. Ngulube called on the grandaunts to execute their duties professionally by making good use of the skills that they acquired and contribute meaningfully to good infrastructure development in the country.