Housing and infrastructure Development Minister Ronald Chitotela has directed the Engineering Institute of Zambia to be proactive in explaining technical features associated with various infrastructure projects government is putting up across the country.
Mr. Chitotela says he expects the EIZ to defend the engineering profession by providing factual technical information on various projects government is undertaking.
The Minister says government has on several occasions been unfairly criticized by some people for constructing various projects but the EIZ has opted to remain silent despite having all the correct technical information.
Mr. Chitotela was speaking when the EIZ executive led by their president Engineer Sydney Matamwandi paid a curtesy call on him at his office in Lusaka.
“On several occasions, it has surprised me that the EIZ has not explained technical facts on various infrastructure projects which Government is putting up and some people have opted to spread falsehoods on them.” Mr. Chitotela said.
He cited the issue of the Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza on the Ndola – Kitwe dual carriageway as one project which some people raised concerns on the cost of constructing it but that the EIZ remained silent when it had all the technical facts.
Mr. Chitotela said the EIZ should rise to the occasion and highlight technical facts associated with all infrastructure projects government is undertaking.
He also urged the institute to uphold professionalism and ethics among all its members.
“You must take action on some of your members who are employed as consultants on some poorly constructed projects in the country. It raises questions as to what motivated someone whether it is profit or just being unethical.” He said.
Meanwhile the Minister urged the EIZ to be innovative and assured the institute of unwavering government support.
And Engineer Matamwandi said the EIZ is always supportive of government policies.
He said the EIZ has a very strong disciplinary Committee and that it wants organisations and government to bring to its attention erring engineers so that action is taken against them.
And EIZ Vice president Engineer Eugene Haazele said the EIZ is aware that there is luck of knowledge among some people on most projects government is putting up especially roads.
He said there is need to explain to the people that roads are in different caaterories and that the cost for their construction also differs.
This is contained in a statement issued to the media by Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Public Relations Officer Jeff Banda.