Management at the Copperbelt University has appealed to government to release funds for completion of the students’ hostels under construction at the Riverside Campus in Kitwe.
Copperbelt University director Planning, Property and Service Bernard Mabo said the works at the project have slowed down due to poor funding towards the project.
Mr. Mabo said the University management would want the project to be completed as soon as possible so that the shortage of accommodation can be reduced at the institution.
He told ZANIS in interview that four story hostel blocks under construction are expected to accommodate over three thousand students, a situation he said will help cushion the problem of accommodation.
He however said that management was aware that government through the Ministry of Higher Education was working on modalities to avail funds for the project.
And Hua Chang Infrastructure Engineering Ltd, the company engaged to construct the hostels complained that the works have come to a halt due to lack of funding from government.
Zhang Guan Chen, the project chief site engineer complained that the company had run out materials for the works to continue.
Mr Guan Chen said the company can complete the project within a month if money can be availed.
He stated that that the project which commenced in 2015 has prolonged due to poor funding when the contractors had the capacity to finish the works within a period of a year or less.
Shortage of accommodation at the Copperbelt University has continued to be a serious problem which is forcing students to squat with those accommodated or seek shelter in boarding houses around the university.
Ministry of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo has since banned squatting at the Copperbelt University and the University of Zambia in Lusaka.