Government has expressed concern over the low participation of Local Contractors in the execution of high value infrastructure projects in the country.
In a speech read for him by the Assistant Secretary Sineva Kambenja, Northern Province Permanent Secretary Dr. Jobbicks Kalumba said government is working tirelessly to provide an avenue through the National Council for Construction (NCC) to build capacity for local contractors.
Dr. Kalumba added that government values the contribution of foreign contractors in the construction industry, stressing however, that
foreign contractors will not always be available hence, the need for local contractors to spearhead the development agenda of the nation.
And Dr. Kalumba has since, commended the NCC for equipping 34 individuals with skills in cobalt stone paving in the province.
He said the training of these individuals will go a long way in improving the competency and skills of the contractors in the paving industry.
Meanwhile, Principal for NCC School, Architect. Chance Kaonga said there is need to nurture local contractors so they can compete on the international scene.
Architect. Kaonga has also urged the grandaunts to show diligence in the execution of their duties as a way of remaining relevant in the industry.
He has also sent a stern warning to graduates against involving themselves in illegal activities, stressing that the law will catch up with them once they are found wanting.
The National Council for Construction in collaboration with the Road Development Agency (RDA) has trained 34 people in Northern Province in cobalt Stone Paving.