BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
WORKS on the rehabilitation of the 168 kilometres Solwezi-Chingola road at a cost of K1 billion, which stalled due to heavy rains, have resumed.
Government has engaged China Geo Engineering Corporation and Buildcon Company to undertake the project.
North-Western Province permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo said in an interview yesterday that the two contractors are back on site and work is progressing well.
“It was only last week when I was monitoring the road and I must confess that all the contractors are on site. If today one says that let me go to Chingola, they will definitely find that work is progressing very well,” Mr Mateyo said.
He said the provincial administration will closely monitor the works to ensure the two contractors deliver a quality product within the contractual period.
Mr Mateyo also said contracts for upgrading of selected township roads in some districts in the province have already been signed and works are expected to start soon.
“Contracts have been signed and given to people to implement,” Mr Mateyo said.
He warned that his office will soon recommend for termination of contracts of some contractors who have failed to execute government projects in the province.
“All those who thought they have equipment to do certain projects and have failed, their contracts will soon be terminated,” Mr Mateyo said.
He said Government is in a hurry to deliver development to all parts of the country and will not tolerate non-performing contractors.
“But for those non performing contractors, I must assure the people of North-Western Province that sooner rather than later, their contracts are being terminated,” Mr Mateyo said.
He urged the contractors engaged to undertake various government projects to ensure they take their work seriously if they are to be considered for future projects.