PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU has directed the treasury and all spending agencies to urgently constitute a special task force to expedite the completion of infrastructure projects which have stalled across the country.
According to a statement released by President Lungu’s spokesperson Amos Chanda, The head of state is particularly disappointed that many projects especially in Muchinga which he recently toured have stalled.
Mr Chanda said to address this the head of state summoned a special meeting of selected ministers and technocrats from ministries and departments concerned to agree on a new strategy to rationalise on going and new projects.
“I want to see to it that all stalled projects are completed before new ones are contracted. We have resolved that no new projects are undertaken until we execute the current ones. Focus should be on projects whose completion level had reached about 85 percent, and then we go to those at 60 percent and eventually start new ones,” President Lungu said.
“I have therefore directed the Treasury and all spending agencies to urgently constitute a Special Taskforce to expedite the completion of infrastructure projects which have stalled across the country.”
And President Lungu says there is urgent need to streamline the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit under the Ministry of Finance to improve on the pace at which it implements projects.
He said The PPP Unit is currently not operating to the desired expectations and needs to be re-examined.
Following the head of states direction the ministers resolved to reconvene at State House on Tuesday, 6th February, 2018 to map out a new strategy to respond to President Lungu’s concerns.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Finance, Hon. Felix Mutati, Prof. Nkandu Luo (Higher Education), Hon. Dr. Dennis Wanchinga (General Education), Hon. Stephen Kampyongo (Home Affairs), Hon. Ronald Chitotela (Infrastructure and Housing), Hon. Vincent Mwale (Local Government), Hon. Alexander Chiteme (National Development Planning), Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya (Health), Hon. Malozo Sichone (Muchinga Province) and Presidential Affairs Minister Hon. Freedom Sikazwe.