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President Lungu directs rapid completion of Ikelenge Boarding School

Headlines President Lungu directs rapid completion of Ikelenge Boarding School

President Edgar Lungu has directed Ministers of General Education and Housing to ensure that construction works at Ikelenge Boarding school resumes and be completed by January 2021.

And the President has expressed concern that issues of stalled projects have continued, adding that he will now focus on taking note of all projects that have stalled to ensure their completion for the benefit of the people.

Construction works on Ikelenge Boarding School started in 2013 and was expected to be completed by 2016.

Zambia Non Ferrous Metal Exploration and Construction is constructing the school at a cost of over Forty Seven million kwacha.

ZANIS reports that speaking when he toured the school in Ikelenge district Friday, President Lungu underscored the need for the two Ministries to expedite construction works so that the school can be opened to the public thereby addressing challenges of access to education in the area.

The President advised that construction should be done in phases and works should be concentrated on key areas to make learning conducive for pupils.

“You need to see how quickly you can complete this school and make it operational, my suggestion is for you to complete key areas so that learning can start, we need to get value for the money,” he said.

“I will now start checking on stalled projects so that we give them life and people get value for their money. Like this project it was delayed for obvious reasons, but I have decided that it partially opens,” he noted.

And Minister of General Education, David Mabumba, disclosed that works on the school are expected to commence in the next two weeks following the release of Three million Kwacha by the Ministry of Finance.

Mr Mabumba explained that the delays were caused by financial constraints noting that Ikelenge boarding is among other 115 schools that are also under construction in various parts of the country.

“Your Excellency we have got funding from Ministry of Finance, we have been given Three million Kwacha so in the next two weeks works are expected to start here, and I must mention that this school is part of the other 115 dotted across the country whose works are also at over 80 percent hence we have to distribute the resources among these schools,” he added.

And Area Member of Parliament, Elijah Muchima, appealed to President Lungu to ensure that the school is open to respond to the increasing demand of secondary school education in the area.

“Your Excellency, we really need this school to open in this constituency we have three chiefdoms so access to secondary education is on demand because many people cannot afford to take their children to Mwinilunga to access education,” he stated.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. “Zambia Non Ferrous Metal Exploration and Construction is constructing the school” This spells it all out…..it’s more than just construction but given undocumented access to mineral exploration in the area…

  2. “I will now start checking on stalled projects so that we give them life and people get value for their money. Like this project it was delayed for obvious reasons, but I have decided that it partially opens,” he noted…”

    Embarrassing crook , this debarred lawyer for fraud is , isent he ?…….

    Just concentrate on forming your network of gold theives there instead of blabbing rubbish…….

  3. He has no shame he can’t discipline his ministers he goes to rural starts issuing silly directives when there is no money!!

  4. “I will now start checking on stalled projects so that we give them life and people get value for their money. Like this project it was delayed for obvious reasons, but I have decided that it partially opens,” he noted……

    Where are the LT resident PF rats kudos, Henry , citizen et al ……

    to proclaim

    “What a hard working humble leader ….”

    For claiming to be doing something that can be done by a district manager

    Shamless rats.

    Or have the same LT resident PF rats scampered into their Holes in ceilings only to appear when they smell HH ??

  5. 115 incomplete schools? What kind of planning was this? Couldn’t you see the wisdom of building less schools and completing them on time? Do all the incomplete projects now require the president to give a directive to be completed!!??

  6. This thief, he just works on directives. Something is wrong with Edgar Lungu, no one knows what to do in his government because if one knows there won’t be directives everywhere and every now and then.

    Edgar Lungu, you’re failure my brother and you’re tired and clueless.

    PF must go!

  7. How much will K3m do to the project? May be to transport materials from urban areas and a bit of change to pay casuals. Then wait for another tour of duty by ba Kateka. Bushe bo district and bo provincial fimo fimo bena dont see the stalled projects?

  8. Very cost ineffective! K47 million and the construction of a school takes 7 years! Africans! Ask yourselves how long did it take the Chinese to construct the 2000 km Tazara?

  9. Good the President is checking on stalled projects aside the road projects.
    Its indeed good that MOF has released money to the projects under ministry of education.
    MR PRESIDENT Sir, we humbly request that you direct MOF minister to also fund ZNS so that they can pay us contractors our overdue payments.
    We humbly appeal sir.

  10. Good the President is checking on stalled projects aside the road projects.
    Its indeed good that MOF has released money to the projects under ministry of education.
    MR PRESIDENT Sir, we humbly request that you direct MOF minister to also fund ZNS so that they can pay us contractors our overdue payments.
    We humbly appeal sir.

  11. No one is asked why. No one taken to task. Just further directives on ‘projects’ that should have been finished years ago.

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