STEVEN MVULA, Kawambwa
PRESIDENT Lungu says there is need for the standardisation of working conditions for workers in Zambia’s construction sector.
President Lungu said it is not fair for workers in the construction sector to have varying working conditions.
He said this when he interacted with workers of Ashtrom Zambia construction company contracted to build 1,100 houses of an ultra-modern Barracks that will house Commandos of the 48 Marine.
The project being undertaken by Ashtrom, an Israeli company, has cost Government $200 million, and is expected to be completed in 2019.
The workers complained of not being paid adequately, and that they lacked protective clothing.
“Construction workers – whether employed by foreign or Zambian companies – should be entitled to the same standards. The conditions which Chinese, Russian, American or Zambian contractors have should be the same,” President Lungu said.
Kala Barracks will include 1,100 housing units, strategic workshops, schools, and sports centres.
During the tour, the President inspected some houses, and visited the ranch.
And President Lungu said construction of the barracks has started to improve the economy of Kawambwa.
He said apart from the 1,000 direct jobs that have been created, hundreds of indirect jobs have also been created.
Luapula Province Minister Nixon Chilangwa disclosed that the number of workers to be employed is likely to increase to 1,500 by September.
He said the project will greatly improve the economy of the town.
Meanwhile, Mr Chilangwa said the construction of the barracks in the area has enhanced security in border areas and on the waters.
He, however, said there is need to employ more officers to enhance their operations.
Earlier, Army Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova said the force will diversify its activities to agriculture.
Gen Mihova said apart from cattle ranching, the force will venture into other livestock-rearing activities.