NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Kitwe
CONTRACTORS engaged to work on various projects recently launched on the Copperbelt by President Lungu have adhered to his directive
of ensuring local people are engaged, and sub-contracting some works to Copperbelt-based local contractors.
President Lungu recently launched the works on the Copperbelt International Airport, the Zambia Township Road Project (ZTRP) and the Mufulira-Ndola road.
During the launch of the projects, President Lungu directed contractors to ensure they engage local people to work on the projects, and sub-contract some of the works to Copperbelt- based contractors.
This was after receiving reports that some Lusaka-based contractors were jostling for jobs on the Copperbelt.
AVIC international is working on the US$397 million Copperbelt International Airport and the ZTRP which will gobble US$461 million, while Inyatsi Construction Limited is working on the K701.7 million Ndola- Mufulira road.
Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo said in an interview yesterday that the contractors have adhered to President Lungu’s directive, and that he is strictly monitoring their recruitment process.
“The contractors just have to adhere to President Lungu’s directive. So far, I have been to the Copperbelt International Airport and I have seen that people clearing the land are Zambians,” Mr Lusambo said.
He said all the problems that had engulfed the recruitment process in Chingola where the ZTRP was launched have been resolved and local people will be given jobs.
Mr Lusambo said he is closely monitoring the contractors to ensure they give the local people jobs.
And Mufulira district commissioner Hilda Kawesha said she has held talks with the contractor working on the Mufulira-Ndola road to ensure local people are engaged to work on the project.
“I am just from having a meeting with the contractor working on the Mufulira-Ndola road and they have assured me that they will recruit local people. The recruitment process is starting next week,” Ms Kawesha said.